Our Whisky Canada range

The history of Canadian whisky dates back to 1796, when the first whisky distillery is said to have opened in Manitoba. When many Scots and Irish came to the country in the late 19th century, many more distilleries were founded across the country.

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The history of Canadian whisky dates back to 1796, when the first whisky distillery is said to have opened in Manitoba. When many Scots and Irish came to the country in the late 19th century, many more distilleries were founded across the country.

Up to 200 whisky distilleries were once located in Canada. However, with Prohibition in the USA, the Canadian whisky market also collapsed. A few distilleries remain today.

Canadian whiskies are generally blends that combine distillates from different grains such as corn, rye, wheat or barley. They are characterised by a soft and pleasing character.

Single malt whiskies are very rare in Canada. Even though many Canadian whiskies are called rye whisky, they are hardly ever bottled in pure form. This is because even if there is no rye in it, whisky may still bear the name "Canadian Rye".

Canadian whiskies are subject to a minimum storage period of three years; most Canadian whisky varieties mature for about six years.

Canadian whisky must have a minimum alcohol content of 40 percent and may be refined with up to two percent sherry, fruit juice or fruit wine.