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Canadian Whisky

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Commonly referred to as ‘rye’, Canadian whisky has a style all its own. Using a unique approach to production and characterised by the influence of the rye, Canadian whiskey was the best-selling whiskey in America for over a century and still remains hugely popular throughout the world today.

Canada was the first country to stipulate an age requirement for whiskey. They passed a law in 1887 that required a spirit be aged for at least one year in wooden casks. Great Britain was 25 years behind.

History of Canadian Whisky

According to the Canadian Distillers Association, Canada has been distilling spirits for over two centuries according. The first Canadian distillery was established in Quebec City in 1769, with over 200 more following by the 1840s.

The early days of Canadian whisky saw Scottish immigrants making their whisky in a very similar way to the process back home. In fact, today Canadian whisky is still written with a nod to Scotland, without the "e."

However, the early farmers in the eastern side of Canada found the soil and climate not ideal for grow many cereal crops. This posed a problem with the strict Scottish production methods. As a solution, they turned to rye. Rye could survive the harsh winters and was in abundance. So, it was this that found its way into the Canadian distilleries.

Today, Canadian whisky can still legally be called ‘rye.’ It is, indeed, routinely referred to as such by many people across the world. This is despite the fact that modern Canadian whisky contains mainly corn, along with small quantities of barley, malt and rye. Although rye now is not the major ingredient, its strength of flavour ensures its noticeable presence on the palate and nose. A vast majority of Canadian whisky is blended after distillation. with each grain distilled separately and then later blended.

Another interesting historical fact around Canadian whisky is that It was- perhaps surprisingly - the Civil War that brought Canadian whisky to the US. With many of the whiskey distilleries in the South destroyed during Civil War battles, troops were left without access to their favoured anaesthetic. As a result, they began to import Canadian whisky to meet their needs. Indeed, the war disrupted US whiskey production so much that by 1865, Canadian whiskey was the best-selling whiskey in the States.

Character of Canadian Whisky

Currently, there are more than 500 Canadian distilled spirits available on the market, with Canadian whisky the number one category.

The result of years of distilling and honing of skill is a national whisky that is generally light in character, but full of flavour. Its dry spice and rye fullness is unmistakable, but notes of fruit, toffee and pepper can also enter the palate. Less rye often means sweet corn and hints of vanilla taking the lead.

Where to start with Canadian Whisky

Frootbat has hand-picked a small selection of our favorite Canadian whiskies to get you started with this flavoursome and rich region.
FROOTBAT HAS 123 PRODUCTS FROM THE Canadian Whisky REGION AVAILABLE TO SHIP TO United States
FROOTBAT HAS 123 PRODUCTS FROM THE Canadian Whisky REGION AVAILABLE TO SHIP TO United States
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Black Canadian Whisky
Crown Royal Black Canadian Whisky 750ml Bottle
$21.9930 buying options
Wicked Hot Blended Canadian Whiskey
Yukon Jack Wicked Hot Blended Canadian Whiskey 50ml Bottle
$17.591 buying option
Cinnamon Whisky
Fireball Cinnamon Whisky 50ml Bottle
$1.1912 buying options
8 Rye Sherry Finished Canadian Rye Whisky
Tap 8 Rye Sherry Finished Canadian Rye Whisky 750ml Bottle
$44.991 buying option
Maple Finish Canadian Whisky
Crown Royal Maple Finish Canadian Whisky 750ml Bottle
$18.9915 buying options
XR Canadian Whiskey
Crown Royal XR Canadian Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$109.9911 buying options
Cinnamon Whisky
Fireball Cinnamon Whisky 200ml Bottle
$4.9911 buying options
Reserve Canadian Whisky
R & R Rich & Rare Reserve Canadian Whisky 750ml Bottle
$12.997 buying options
Blended Canadian Whisky
Canadian Mist Blended Canadian Whisky 1.75lt Bottle
$7.996 buying options
Cinnamon Rush Blended Canadian Whisky
Black Velvet Cinnamon Rush Blended Canadian Whisky 750ml Bottle
$13.991 buying option
Cinnamon Whisky
Fireball Cinnamon Whisky 1.75lt Bottle
$18.9920 buying options
Classic 12 Year Old Canadian Whisky
Canadian Club Classic 12 Year Old Canadian Whisky 750ml Bottle
$12.9911 buying options
Single Barrel Canadian Whisky
Caribou Crossing Single Barrel Canadian Whisky 750ml Bottle
$44.999 buying options
De Luxe Canadian Whisky
Crown Royal De Luxe Canadian Whisky 750ml Bottle
$21.994 buying options
Cinnamon Whisky
Fireball Cinnamon Whisky 1lt Bottle
$21.991 buying option
Reserve Canadian Whisky
R & R Rich & Rare Reserve Canadian Whisky 1.75lt Bottle
$18.992 buying options
Very Old 18 Year Old Limited Release Canadian Whiskey
J.P. Wiser's Very Old 18 Year Old Limited Release Canadian Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$63.991 buying option
Small Batch Canadian Whisky
Royal Canadian Small Batch Canadian Whisky 750ml Bottle
$23.982 buying options
Spiced Whisky
Revel Stoke Spiced Whisky 750ml Bottle
$11.994 buying options
VO Canadian Whisky
Seagram's VO Canadian Whisky 750ml Bottle
$7.995 buying options
Double Barrel Finished in Port Barrels Canadian Whiskey
Pike Creek Double Barrel Finished in Port Barrels Canadian Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$29.998 buying options
Copper Pot Reserve Canadian Handcrafted Whisky
Forty Creek Copper Pot Reserve Canadian Handcrafted Whisky 750ml Bottle
$22.9910 buying options
Classic 12 Year Old Canadian Whisky
Canadian Club Classic 12 Year Old Canadian Whisky 375ml Bottle
$8.991 buying option
Blended Canadian Whisky
Canadian Mist Blended Canadian Whisky 375ml Bottle
$6.492 buying options
8 Year Old Canadian Rye Whiskey
Hirsch Selection 8 Year Old Canadian Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$49.991 buying option
Honey Cinnamon Whisky
8 Seconds Honey Cinnamon Whisky 750ml Bottle
$18.593 buying options
Canadian Whisky
Lord Calvert Canadian Whisky 200ml Bottle
$4.591 buying option
Northern Harvest Canadian Rye Whisky
Crown Royal Northern Harvest Canadian Rye Whisky 750ml Bottle
$19.9936 buying options
Deluxe Canadian Whiskey
J.P. Wiser's Deluxe Canadian Whiskey 1.75lt Bottle
$29.991 buying option
VO Gold Canadian Whisky
Seagram's VO Gold Canadian Whisky 750ml Bottle
$19.996 buying options
Classic 12 Year Old Canadian Whisky
Canadian Club Classic 12 Year Old Canadian Whisky 1.75lt Bottle
$12.995 buying options
Canadian Whisky
Pendleton Canadian Whisky 1.75lt Bottle
$39.991 buying option
California Crown Club Ultra Premium Canadian Whisky
California Crown Club California Crown Club Ultra Premium Canadian Whisky 750ml Bottle
$19.991 buying option
Cinnamon Flavored Whisky
Revel Stoke Cinnamon Flavored Whisky 50ml Bottle
$8.891 buying option
Special Reserve Canadian Whisky
Crown Royal Special Reserve Canadian Whisky 750ml Bottle
$33.9933 buying options
Roasted Pecan Flavored Whisky
Revel Stoke Roasted Pecan Flavored Whisky 750ml Bottle
$11.997 buying options
Cask No. 16 Canadian Whisky
Crown Royal Cask No. 16 Canadian Whisky 750ml Bottle
$498.971 buying option
Canadian Whisky
Coyote Ugly Canadian Whisky 750ml Bottle
$24.791 buying option
Canadian Whisky
Lord Calvert Canadian Whisky 1.75lt Bottle
$18.991 buying option
De Luxe Canadian Whisky
Crown Royal De Luxe Canadian Whisky 375ml Bottle
$15.992 buying options
Special Reserve Canadian Whisky
Crown Royal Special Reserve Canadian Whisky 1.75lt Bottle
$79.995 buying options
Reserve 8 Year Old Canadian Whisky
Black Velvet Reserve 8 Year Old Canadian Whisky 1.75lt Bottle
$14.996 buying options
Black Canadian Whisky
Crown Royal Black Canadian Whisky 1lt Bottle
$39.991 buying option
Wicked Hot Blended Canadian Whiskey
Yukon Jack Wicked Hot Blended Canadian Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$16.989 buying options
12 Year Old Canadian Whisky
Gibson's Finest 12 Year Old Canadian Whisky 750ml Bottle
$25.994 buying options
Canadian XL Whiskey
Newport Canadian XL Whiskey 1.75lt Bottle
$19.991 buying option
Barrel Select Canadian Whisky
Forty Creek Barrel Select Canadian Whisky 750ml Bottle
$14.9911 buying options
Monarch 75th Anniversary Blend Finely Blended Canadian Whisky
Crown Royal Monarch 75th Anniversary Blend Finely Blended Canadian Whisky 750ml Bottle
$79.992 buying options
Special Reserve Canadian Whisky
Crown Royal Special Reserve Canadian Whisky 375ml Bottle
$29.991 buying option
Reserve 8 Year Old Canadian Whisky
Black Velvet Reserve 8 Year Old Canadian Whisky 750ml Bottle
$12.995 buying options
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