Canadian Whisky

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Canadian whisky is defined by the USA's Code of Federal Regulations Title 27, Volume 1 to be:

Canadian Whisky is whisky which is a distinctive product of Canada, manufactured in Canada in compliance with the laws of Canada regulating the manufacture of Canadian whisky for consumption in Canada: Provided, That if such product is a mixture of whiskies, such mixture is `blended Canadian whisky' (Canadian whisky - a blend).

Canadian Whisky is whisky made in Canada; by law it must be aged there at least three years in a barrel.

Most Canadian whiskies are blended multi-grain whiskies. These are often casually called "rye whisky" although they contain proprietary blends of corn (maize), barley, and rye.

Since 1991 Glenora, an independent distillery in Glenville, Nova Scotia, on Cape Breton Island, has been producing unblended malt whisky in the Scottish style. Their product, Glen Breton Rare, was as of 2003 the only single malt whisky produced in Canada, and the oldest of the few produced in the Americas. Canadian whisky featured prominently in illegal imports (known as bootlegging) into the U.S. during Prohibition in the 1920s. Hiram Walker and Seagram's have distilleries on the Detroit River across from Detroit, Michigan that easily served small, fast smuggling boats. The long mainly unpatrolled U.S.-Canadian border made smuggling fairly easy.

Canadian Whiskies

  • Crown Royal
  • Canadian Club
  • Glen Breton Rare, (a single malt whisky)
  • Gibson's Finest
  • Hiram Walker
  • Seagram's (VO, Crown Royal)
  • Wiser's


Glenora Distillery