The Problem with Canadian Whisky
" Are there any Canadian whiskies you've found particularly appealing?" [ Flickr: bjmccray ] For those of us whose early drinking memories involve those purple velvet bags that swaddle bottles of Crown Royal, there's a soft spot for Canadian whisky in our sodden hearts.
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#1 Aug 12, 2010
Now suppose someone who was about to publish a book about fine dining (someone who was seeking lots of publicity) was to visit a handful of the most popular restaurants in the USA – I don’t know what they are, but let’s say IHOP, MacDonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Burger King, Chuck E. Cheese and so on – then write an article panning American cuisine as a category. He’d get his sound bites, people would twitter, bloggers would re-post and comment, and some readers would follow the link to his book’s website. But would it demonstrate anything other than his woeful ignorance of American cooking?
Would it matter to non-Americans that these restaurants, popular as they are, do not represent American cuisine? Heck no, who cares, because now they’d have something else to deride and feel superior about.
But that is exactly what Jason Wilson has done with Canadian whisky. This article speaks more to Wilson’s sadly neglected connoisseurship, and his questionable credibility as a drinks authority than it does to the quality of Canadian whisky.
If his palate has not already been destroyed by a childhood spent drinking Coke, perhaps Wilson may wish to try Crown Royal Limited Edition, Canadian Club 10 year old, Canadian Club 20 year old, Alberta Premium 25 year old, WhistlePig, Forty Creek Double Barrel, Forty Creek Barrel Select, Danfield's Limited Edition, Wiser’s Legacy, Wisers 18 year old and the like, then re-read his own article and wonder, less smugly, what on earth he, a drinks writer, was thinking putting his name to it.
#2 Aug 12, 2010
Buy American! There are plenty of blended American whiskies...why send your money to another country, if you don't have to.
I do agree, that Canadian whisky contains way too much vodka(gns, lightly aged) to be called whisky. It should really be called flavored vodka. But, to rectify that...the Gov. would have to change the regulations. So, it looks like it's here to stay.
I tried the Carribu Crossing the other day...and was pleasantly surprised with its lack of artificial taste. It was very similar to straight American whiskey. I hope Canada makes more straight whiskey available to the marketplace.
#3 Aug 1, 2011
I'll stick to whiskey with any trash added like the canadians do.
Bourbon and Rye rock!!!!
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