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The Rum Howler – Top 100 Canadian Whiskies of 2017

On September 16, I began to reveal my largest ever round-up of Canadian Whisky, The Top 100 Canadian Whiskies of 2017. That’s right 100 Canadian Whiskies!

When I published my first such list for Canadian Whisky in 2013, I was only able to include 25 spirits. Even then, I remember one person commenting on my website that they didn’t even know that there were 25 different Canadian Whiskies. Things have really changed. Most major distilleries in Canada have broadened their whisky portfolios by adding new whisky brands. We may have lost some brands (for example Highwood Distillers have recently discontinued their Century 21 Reserve and Lot 1525 Reserve); but many more brands have been added. In addition to the new brands available from Canada’s major distillers, we have had a sudden influx of new Micro-distillers (some like Shelter Point in British Columbia are not so micro) across the Country who in the last few years have began to market and sell their whisky regionally and across Canada.

As well as being the largest such list I have ever compiled, this list is also current. All of the Whiskies on this list are available in Canada at this time. I have also tasted and reviewed all of these whiskies within the past three years. Most of the reviews were based upon full bottle samples provided to me by industry; however, in order to include many of the new regional whiskies, and the new spirits from our young Micro-distilling industry, I also have included whiskies which I tasted and reviewed based upon the samples and tasting notes I generated as a juror for the 2017 Canadian Whisky Awards. (Davin De Kergommeaux does a great job with these awards, and last year in particular he did a fantastic job in discovering new Canadian Whiskies for the judges to rank and score.)

Unlike other years, I am not planning to reveal every whisky with a front page posting (I will be revealing each whisky one at a time on Twitter instead.) However, I will be providing a front page post whenever the countdown reaches a whisky which I have either not reviewed before or a whisky whose character has changed such that a new review is needed. Additionally, when I reach the final 25 to Canadian Whiskies in early December, (just before Christmas), I will reveal those best spirits in a daily countdown as I have in years past.

This means that to follow the entire list on a daily basis, you will need to first follow me on twitter (Rum Howler on Twitter). And then in December follow my postings here of the Rum Howler Blog.

Alternatively you may also follow the countdown by visiting this page. If you click on the whisky, you will be directed to my latest review for that spirit. This page will be updated at least weekly through September, October and November and then daily in December.

I hope everyone will enjoy the countdown!
( PS: use the hashtags  #Rumhowler  #Top100CanadianWhisky)


100)  Stalk & Barrel Blue Blend
99)  Alberta Premium Dark Horse
98)  Wayne Gretzky No. 99 Red Cask Canadian Whisky
97)  Chinook Canadian Whisky 

96)  Schenley Golden Wedding Canadian Whisky
95)  Chinook Signature White Whisky  

94)  Stalk & Barrel Single Malt Whisky
93)  Seagram’s VO Canadian Whisky
92)  Seagram’s 83 Canadian Whisky 

91)  Shelter Point Artisanal Single Malt
90)  Silk Tassel Canadian Whisky
89)  Black Velvet Deluxe Canadian Whisky

88)  J.P. Wiser’s 35 Years Old Canadian Whisky
87)  True North Canadian Rye Whisky
86)  Rangeland Canadian Rye Whisky
85)  Royal Reserve Canadian Rye Whisky
84)  Chinook Signature Rye Whisky

83)  Canadian Mist
82)  Twelve Barrels
81)  8 Seconds Blended Canadian Whisky

80)  Canadian Club Premium
79)  Masterson’s Straight Barley Whiskey 
78)  Gibson’s Finest Sterling Whisky
77)  Two Brewers Yukon Single Malt – Classic 

76)  Two Brewers Single Malt – Peated
75)  J.P Wiser’s Double Still Rye
74)  Revel Stoke Deluxe
73)  Fils du Roy – L’Eau d’Août

72)  Caldera Hurricane 5
71)  Shelter Point Artisanal Cask Strength
70)  Bison Ridge Special Reserve

69)  Glen Saanich Single Malt
68)  Crown Royal Deluxe
67)  J.P. Wiser’s Deluxe
66)  Stalk & Barrel Rye

65)  Gibson’s Finest Bold
64)  Last Mountain Canadian Rye Whisky 

63)  Wiser’s Triple Barrel Rye
62)  Masterson’s 10-Year-Old Straight Rye Whiskey
61)  Pike Creek 10 Year Old (Finished in Rum)

60)  Highwood Canadian Rye Whisky
59)  Tap 8 Rye (Sherry Finished)

58)  Rich & Rare Reserve (Sazerac)
57)  Potters Special Old Rye Whisky
56)  White Owl Whisky
55)  Stalk & Barrel Red Blend

54)  Gibson’s Finest 12 Year Old
53)  Legacy Small Batch (Sazerac)
52)  Collingwood Toasted Maplewood Finish 

51)  Canadian Club Small Batch Sherry Cask
50)  Tangle Ridge
49)  Canadian Club Reserve (9 Year Old)

48)  Windsor Canadian
47)  Mt. Logan 5 Year Old Canadian Rye Whisky
46)  Alberta Premium Canadian Whisky
45)  Centennial Rye Whisky (NAS)

44)  Pemberton Valley Single Malt
43)  Crown Royal Black
42)  Hiram Walker Special Old

41)  Crown Royal Limited Edition

40)  Throttle 2 Bottle
39)  Ninety (Premium cask Aged) 5 Year Old Canadian Rye Whisky
38)  Whistle Pig 10 Year Aged Straight Rye Whisky

37)  Crown Royal XO
36)  Forty Creek Confederation Oak Reserve Whisky
35)  Last Mountain Single Cask 100 % Wheat Whisky
34)  Gooderham and Worts 4 Grain
33)  Two Brewers Yukon Single Malt (Special Finishes)
32)  Canadian Club Chairman’s Select – 100% Rye  
31)  Last Mountain Private Reserve
30)  Gibson’s Finest Rare 18 Year Old

29)  Canadian Club Small Batch Classic (12 Year Old)
28)  Coyote Ugly
27)  Alberta Springs

26)  Forty Creek Copper Pot Reserve
25)  J.P. Wiser’s Union 52

24)  Masterson’s 12-Year-Old Straight Wheat Whiskey
23)  J.P. Wiser’s 15 Year Old

22)  Crown Royal Cornerstone Blend
21)  Canadian Club 20 Yr Old 

20)  Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye
19)  J.P. Wiser’s 18 Years Old

18)  Forty Creek Founder’s Reserve
17)  Crown Royal Reserve
16)  Lot No. 40 Rye Whisky

15)  Mt. Logan 15 Year Old
14)  Lot No. 40 Cask Strength
13)  J.P. Wiser’s Legacy
12)  Forty Creek Double Barrel Reserve

11)   Crown Royal Hand Selected Barrel
10)  Forty Creek Heritage

09)  Mt. Logan 20 Year Old
08)  Caribou Crossing Single Barrel
07)  Ninety “Decades of Richness” 20 Year Old

06)  J.P. Wiser’s Red Letter Whisky
05)  Canadian Club 40 Year
04)  Gooderham and Worts Little Trinity

03)  J.P. Wiser’s Last Barrels
02)  J.P. Wiser’s Dissertation
01)  Canadian Rockies 21 Year Old

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