The largest distilleries in Canada are Valleyfield, Hiram Walker, Canadian Mist, Forty Creek, Gimli, Highwood, Alberta Distillers, and Black Velvet, who are collectively responsible for creating the most popular Canadian whisky brands on the market, including Canadian Club, Crown Royal, and J.P. Wiser’s.
When selecting your preferred bottle of Canadian whisky, you can be confident of the fact that whatever it is that you choose it will be smoother and easier to drink than many bottles of Scotch whisky and it is for this reason that Canadian whisky is experiencing such a renaissance.
For more on this topic and some other recommended bottles, consider this article.
Pairing Food with Canadian Whisky
Due to the smoothness, approachability, and gentle complexity of most Canadian whiskies found today, it is very easy to enjoy them in the same fashion as other whiskies from around the world.
With this in mind, having them neat on their own, over ice, or with a splash of water represents the most common methods of enjoying these whiskies, however, for those starting their whisky journey it is important to consider the specific bottle you’re having before jumping straight in.
As discussed above, some distillers are fond of making rye their preferred grain of choice, which can make for an incredibly spicy, peppery, and heated drinking experience, not ideal for whisky first-timers.
For those just starting out, make sure to look for bottles such as the Canadian Club Small Batch Sherry Cask, which is famed for its exquisite sweetness, as bottles such as this one are ideal sipping whiskies that can be enjoyed straight.