What is Canadian whiskey

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History of whiskey in Canada

Similar to neighboring America, Canada also made first attempts at firing in the 17th century. Settlers brought knowledge and thirst from their homeland and tried to distill rye. For a long time, Canadian whiskey production was overshadowed by American. The first small wave of success experienced the Canadian whiskey through Hiram Walker, who moved from America to Canada about 150 years ago. Across from the city of Detroit in Ontario, he built his first own distillery. By printing his name on the bottles and barrels he produced, his whiskeys were given a name and a face. It was well received by consumers, especially in clubs and restaurants. That's why Walker added a 'Club' to the name of his whiskeys - which has remained unchanged to this day. After 20 years, he brought his recipe for success back to his native America, and it should be no less successful there. Canadian colleagues did not want to grant him this triumph and obtained that he was only allowed to sell the whiskey with the addition of 'Canadian'. This is how the 'Canadian Club' was born.

The heyday of Canadian whiskey begins in 1919 with the prohibition in America. The Canadian product became a popular contraband. Around this time, over 200 distilleries were opening in Canada. Another big name in this context is Samuel Bronfman: he bought a distillery called "Seagram" in 1920. He expanded his product range and bought shares in American and Scottish whiskey distilleries. Thus, by the end of Prohibition in 1933, it achieved an optimal position with an extraordinary and diverse inventory. Hiram Walker and Samuel Bronfman have become notable figures in the whiskey industry. Parts of the Seagram empire now belong to Coca-Cola, Diageo and Pernod Ricard. Canadian Club grew up as a brand at Beam Inc., which also includes Jim Beam, Knob Creek and Laphroaig.

Production of Canadian whiskey

At the beginning of whiskey production in Canada, master brewers also added rye to their mash, which was so appealing to their compatriots that they wanted “rye” from then on. Today the whiskey is still known in Canada under the name "Rye" or "Canadian Rye" and may also be sold under this name, although it does not have to contain rye. It is now often made on the basis of cheaper corn. Even fruit wine or even fruit juice can be used in small quantities for the production of Canadian whiskey. In Canada, the acid branding process is used to produce whiskey. This procedure results in a high-percentage, but not yet very flavorful distillate. The master blender has the task of producing a good Canadian whiskey from this distillate. Some of them consist of more than 20 different types. Canadian whiskey appears almost exclusively as a 'blend', i.e. actually as a blend of whiskey. The different brandies based on corn mash are married to a few Ryes brandies. This is how the fine mixture of the sweetness of the corn, the flavor of the rye and the aroma of the oak barrels is created; simply unmistakable. Canadian law only stipulates that Canadian whiskey must be made in Canada. In barrels with a maximum capacity of 700 liters, whiskey matures for at least three years before it is bottled with a minimum alcohol content of 40%. There are no stricter regulations with regard to the raw materials: the types of grain such as rye, barley and maize can be used in any quantity. Even the use of flavored additives such as caramel is allowed. In terms of legislation, distilling in Canada is much freer than in America. In terms of taste, the Canadian whiskey impresses with its spicy, mild aroma. It is more like scotch than American whiskey.

Our whiskey suggestions

In the Canadian Whiskey Online Shop of Spirits Superbillig, the classics such as the Black Velvet, the Royal Canadian and the Canadian whiskey from Seagrams will immediately catch your eye. These names are familiar to whiskey connoisseurs, they represent their country of origin. In any case, you shouldn't do the math without another classic: As a connoisseur, you can buy the fine Canadian Club, which is made for long drinks and cocktails. Do you long for a change? Then a real insider tip like the Hirsch brand is waiting for you. We have numerous different Canadian whiskeys in our online shop. We are happy to advise you on questions about Canadian whiskey and the right purchase.

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