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#385084 - 11/04/12 12:22 PM Premium Canadian Whisky?
michael_d Offline
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Registered: 07/23/04
Posts: 3922
Loc: Up yonder
OK my Canadian neighbors, out with it….. What’s the “good stuff”??? Not that crap Canada exports to the US either…. “I’d tell you but I’d have to kill you responses won’t cut it, I KNOW your secrets!!” First it was hording all the good beer and exporting watered down crap, now I find out you’re hording your Whisky! grin

I was content with Crown Royal for years, and then I got a taste of Pendleton’s (Oregon Canadian Whisky) and started drinking it in favor of CR. Last year a friend shared some Gibson’s “pure Canadian Whisky” with me and that pretty much ruined me…. I do still like CR Cask #16 and XR, but both are down right expensive…. I can’t stand CR Reserve and not a big fan of the Black. I don’t touch the other rot gut stuff like R&R and Canadian Mist/Hunter…

A few weeks back, I was BS’ing with a Canadian contractor doing some work for us. The conversation led to Whisky and what our preferences were. I mentioned that I really liked Gibson’s and he gave me a funny look; “You’ve had Gibson’s? Were you in Canada when you had it??” I responded, “Well no, it was here, a friend shared it with me. He was given the bottle by a friend of his from Canada.” And he responded, “Oh, he must have bought it in Canada because we don’t export Gibson’s to the US. If you liked Gibson’s, you’ll probably like Alberta Select, but we don’t export that either.”

So what other Canadian Whisky’s are good? And how can I go about getting some? The boarder isn’t too far away and I do have friends that travel through Canada quite often that would hook me up, but I believe we can only bring 1.5 liters across the boarder.
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#385096 - 11/04/12 08:21 PM Re: Premium Canadian Whisky? [Re: michael_d]
1sweetspot Offline
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Registered: 04/19/10
Posts: 173
Loc: Edmonton, Alberta
Gibson's Finest 12 year is good, the "rare" line is better. Forty Creek is good too.

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#385097 - 11/04/12 08:52 PM Re: Premium Canadian Whisky? [Re: 1sweetspot]
fredk Offline
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Registered: 12/06/07
Posts: 7227
Loc: Canada
Canadian Club (Hiram Walker) used to make some good whiskey. Its been a very long time since I could drink that stuff though.
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#385106 - 11/05/12 09:03 AM Re: Premium Canadian Whisky? [Re: fredk]
SBrown Offline
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Registered: 11/16/10
Posts: 813
Loc: Victoria,BC
Alberta Premium Dark Horse is really good. 45%
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#385111 - 11/05/12 01:17 PM Re: Premium Canadian Whisky? [Re: michael_d]
Murph Offline
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Registered: 10/05/06
Posts: 6884
Loc: PEI, Canada
So the word is now out for all to see
A single malt from this side of the sea
A lowland taste, or a highland smile, or the tang of the sea,
Like a malt from the Isle


I'm not a big whiskey drinker but I keep a bottle of "Glen Breton Rare - 10 Years" around for when I get the urge. Made by the Glenora Distillery in the highlands of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. It is definately my favorite. Im pretty sure they export to the US too, if I recall the mention when I did the tour a couple of years ago.

Edit: I forgot to mention that it is a single malt whiskey so perhaps more of a scoth vs. a standard fare whiskey. That's probably why I like it though.

Also. I found the web page.
Glenbreton Distilleries.


Edited by Murph (11/05/12 01:22 PM)
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#385112 - 11/05/12 01:59 PM Re: Premium Canadian Whisky? [Re: michael_d]
tomtuttle Offline
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Registered: 06/20/03
Posts: 8305
Loc: Tacoma
I can't believe that - after decades of dedicated drinking - I'm only now discovering this. Leave it to Mike, Murph and crew. Good thing I'm not an alcoholic.

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#385117 - 11/05/12 04:13 PM Re: Premium Canadian Whisky? [Re: 1sweetspot]
michael_d Offline
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Registered: 07/23/04
Posts: 3922
Loc: Up yonder
Originally Posted By: 1sweetspot
Gibson's Finest 12 year is good, the "rare" line is better. Forty Creek is good too.


Thanks for the suggestions guys!

Tom I ain't kiddn... Some of the Canadian Whisky's are wonderful. From what I gather, to be sold in the US, Canadian Whisky is required to be blended. I just found this out last week. Take a look at the labels, they all say blended. The Gibsons I had a while back was not 'blended'. Very different taste, but still super smooth. I'd say every bit as some as the CR XR.

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#385118 - 11/05/12 04:27 PM Re: Premium Canadian Whisky? [Re: michael_d]
SBrown Offline
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Registered: 11/16/10
Posts: 813
Loc: Victoria,BC
here is another one Michael http://www.canadianwhisky.org/reviews/lot-no-40-2012-release-43-alcvol.html


There is a good list of whiskey there too.


Edited by SBrown (11/05/12 04:29 PM)
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#385120 - 11/05/12 04:59 PM Re: Premium Canadian Whisky? [Re: michael_d]
oldskoolboarder Offline
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Registered: 05/25/03
Posts: 2181
Loc: Menlo Park, CA
You guys might like this. If I drank whiskey, I might've added this to my Xmas list.

http://uncrate.com/stuff/whisky-advent-calendar/

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#385126 - 11/05/12 07:39 PM Re: Premium Canadian Whisky? [Re: michael_d]
chesseroo Offline
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Registered: 05/13/02
Posts: 4849
Loc: western canada
It has been a number of years but we do still have "rye" in the bar. Canadian Club (CC) was my standard through university but found Crown Royal to be smoother. Since then i've had the Crown Royal Black and the CC 15 years aged.
I preferred the CC 15 years, but i see they also have a 20 and 30 years aged.

If i were to hazard a guess, the CC is what i would venture.
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