The All - Cana­dian Sip­per

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You love your lo­cal craft brews; now it’s time to get fa­mil­iar with the best of the Cana­dian spirit world—in par­tic­u­lar, whisky. The drink is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a re­nais­sance north of the 49th par­al­lel: “These are not the po­lite, smooth whiskies that were pop­u­lar decades ago,” says Mark By­lok, au­thor of the must-have man­ual The Whisky Cab­i­net. “In­stead, they’re flavour-for­ward and telling of what the next gen­er­a­tion of Cana­dian whisky is shap­ing up to be.” These are the three bot­tles he has his eye on:

Cana­dian Club Chair­man’s Se­lect 100% Rye ($27.45, at liquor stores) “Re­leased in the fall of 2014, this is made from all rye and aged for sev­eral years. It is flo­ral, deep in char­ac­ter and nicely bal­anced. The whisky is dark in colour and has el­e­ments of burnt sugar, a dry fin­ish and rich rye spice through­out.”

Lot No. 40 ($39.95, at liquor stores) “Lot No. 40 is the heart of J.P. Wiser’s line. While J.P. Wiser’s Deluxe is made of rye­and corn-dis­tilled whisky and blended for a mild drink, Lot No. 40 is made from 100-per­cent rye, which has more char­ac­ter. It has hints of dark fruits, a dusty grain, pep­per, flo­rals and a long spicy fin­ish.”

Master­son’s 10-Year-Old Straight Rye Whiskey ($75.50, at liquor stores) “Master­son’s is dis­tilled by Al­berta Dis­tillers and bot­tled in Cal­i­for­nia. It starts smooth, with deep, rich, oaky notes, and fol­lows through with a rye spici­ness that’s beau­ti­fully com­ple­men­tary. This pre­mium rye is a lit­tle harder to find but well worth the search.”

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