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A bottle of aged Canadian whisky

Canadian whisky is whisky produced in Canada.

According to the laws of Canada Canadian whisky must be mashed, distilled and aged in Canada. All whiskies sold in Canada must be aged for at least three years in a wooden barrel of not greater than 700 L capacity.[1][2]



Most Canadian whiskies are blended multi-grain liquors containing a large percentage of rye, typically lighter and smoother than other whisky styles. While the use of rye is not dictated by law they are often generically referred to and may legally be labeled as "rye whisky" in Canada.

Alternatively, the U.S. definition of "rye whisky" prevents low rye content whiskies from being labeled "rye." Since the U.S. definition does not have an aging requirement, younger U.S. versions, even those qualifying as "straight rye" in the U.S., may not legally be labeled "rye whisky" in Canada unless they meet Canadian aging standards.

Canadian whisky featured prominently in rum-running into the U.S. during Prohibition. Hiram Walker's distillery in Windsor, Ontario, directly across the Detroit River from Detroit, Michigan, easily served bootleggers using small, fast smuggling boats.

Other Canadian produced whiskies


Glen Breton Rare single malt

Since 1991, Glenora Distillers, 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 2008 the only single malt whisky produced in Canada, and the oldest of the few produced in the Americas.[3]

Quebec maple

In Quebec, Maison des Futailles produces two so-called maple whiskies. The first one, Fine Sève, is made from the distillation of maple wine (which is then aged in oak barrels, giving it a distinctive taste). The second, Sortilège, is a mix of Canadian rye whisky and maple syrup[4]. While these two products are not whiskies per se, they have often been described as such.


Various Canadian whiskies

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