Canadian whisky is
whiskythat by law must be mashed, distilled and aged at least three years in Canada [ [http://laws.justice.gc.ca/en/F-27/C.R.C.-c.870/section-B.02.020.html "Canadian Food and Drug Regulations (C.R.C., c. 870) - Canadian Whisky, Canadian Rye Whisky or Rye Whisky (B.02.020.)"] ] in a wooden barrel of not greater than 700 L capacity [ [http://laws.justice.gc.ca/en/F-27/C.R.C.-c.870/section-B.02.020.html "Canadian Food and Drug Regulations (C.R.C., c. 870) - Definitions (B.02.002.)"] ] . Most Canadian whiskies are blended multi-grain whiskies and are usually lighter and smoother than other whiskey styles. They are often colloquially and generically referred to (and may legally be labelled) as "rye whisky" in Canada, though the U.S. definition of "Rye Whiskey" would prevent lower-rye-content versions from being so labelled in the U.S.. Although rye is often a primary component in Canadian whiskies, the use of rye is not dictated by legal standards. In converse, the U.S. definition of "Rye Whiskey" does not have aging requirements, and younger (even Straight) U.S. versions would not legally be labelled "Rye Whisky" in Canada.
Canadian whisky featured prominently in illegal imports (known as bootlegging) into the U.S. during
Prohibitionin the 1920s. Hiram Walkerhad a distillery in Windsor, Ontarioacross the Detroit Riverfrom Detroit, Michiganthat easily served small, fast smuggling boats.Fact|date=June 2008
There are other types of whiskies made in Canada, such as the "single malt" and "Quebec Maple" whiskies described below; but these are more boutique whiskies and are not necessarily included in the general category of Canadian whisky.
Canadian single malt
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 2003the only single malt whiskyproduced in Canada, and the oldest of the few produced in the Americas. [cite web|url=http://www.reuters.com/article/consumerproducts-SP-A/idUSN2631535720070205 |title=Canadian single malt wins battle of Glen Breton|publisher=Reuters|accessdate=2008-08-10]
Quebec Maple Whisky
Maison des Futaillesproduces 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 [http://www.futailles.com/engl/2_4/index.html] . While these two products are not whiskies "per se", although they have often been described as such.
Canadian Club(The only North American distiller to have been granted a Royal Warrant(now withdrawn)Fact|date=June 2008)
Glen Breton Rare(single malt)
Alberta Premium(100% Rye)
List of whisky brands
* [http://www.fortycreekwhisky.com/ Forty Creek Whisky]
* [http://www.glenoradistillery.com/ Glenora Distillery]
* [http://www.whiskysociety.ca/ Nova Scotia Whisky Society]
* [http://www.bestofwhisky.com Best of Whisky] - Whisky Industry News
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