Forty Creek Copper Pot Reserve
A new offering from Forty Creek, itself a relatively new (i.e., 1992) brand from the only 100 per cent Canadian-owned distillery in Ontario, revives classic distillation methods. Copper Pot Reserve is a well-adjusted (how Canadian) blend of rye, corn and barley with hints of orange, cinnamon, ginger and maple. A good after-meal sipper with or without a touch of ice.
Product #285254, 750 ml/$28.45, 43%
Okay, so Canadian Club is so old and standard,you can now get it pre-mixed with soda, but that's no reason to look down on it. Canadian Club (or CC, as it's often known) is entrenched for a reason: the smooth, mellow, classic combo of corn, rye and barley is more associated with the name "rye" than with whisky whose main ingredient is actually rye.
Product #42, 750 ml/$24.95, 40%
An argument against anyone who claims "rye" isn't really rye, Alberta Premium is made from 100 per cent rye mash. That means that, unlike most light-bodied Canadian whiskies, this one is dry and angular, with a good hit of spice in the finish. A rye-drinker's rye.
Product #984, 750 ml/$23.90, 40%