WHAT Gibson?s Finest Rating: NNN
WHERE Quebec City
WHY Who can't get behind a sporting event where the official sponsor is a distiller? Smells like team spirit. Gibson's offers a solid grainy bite and a touch of cinnamon - very assertive. Benefits from a splash of water. Great for Manhattans. Hike!
PRICE 750 ml/$25.65
AVAILABILITY At selected liquor stores (product #3558)
WHAT Schenley OFC Rating: NNN
WHERE Valleyfield, Quebec
WHY For decades the CFL player awards were named after Schenley whisky. Who doesn't associate athletic excellence with fermented grain? The Original Fine Canadian is a deft, medium-light workaday blend awaiting ginger ale, cola, soda or a couple of ice cubes. Go long!
PRICE 750 ml/$22.15
AVAILABILITY At selected liquor stores (product #2766)
WHAT Crown Royal Cask 16 Rating: NNNN
WHERE Gimli, Manitoba
WHY While the CFL is charmingly small-time, Crown Royal, Canada's booze calling card to the world, is totally big league. Cask 16 is complex, dark and eccentric, with candied peel predominating. Aged in French oak cognac barrels, this is a real one-of-kind. Sis boom bah!
PRICE 750 ml/$100.00
AVAILABILITY At selected liquor stores (product #64337)