advice on Canadian whiskey??
We're heading for Newfoundland in a couple of weeks. Any advice on what we should be drinking would be welcome. Thanks!
There are lots of Canadian Whiskies that aren't available in the US (or in much of it). I haven't had all of them, but these are ones I've heard frequently recommended (and wish I could try).
Alberta Premium (25 or 30 year old if you can find it)
Any special editions of Forty Creek (such as Confederation Oak)
Century 21 Reserve
The go-to website for Canadian Whisky is www.canadianwhisky.org
The old Alberta Premium is fantastic, but I believe they stopped producing it, so the only place you're likely to find it is on a friend's shelf. If you like ryes, Alberta Springs and the regular Alberta Premium are the only 100% rye Canadians I know of. Don't be fooled by Canadians calling it "rye," they call all of their whiskies that, even if they contain almost no rye. Centennial Rye is kind of nice - blended, but has enough rye that you can taste it.
Forty Creek makes pretty good stuff. Their basic label is my favorite basic blended Canadian. I never got the chance to try their higher-end products, but wouldn't hesitate to give them a shot.
But if you're headed for Newfoundland, you should be more concerned about being screeched in. ;)