Friday, December 10, 2010
When you hear the words "Canadian whisky" what comes to mind? For me, as of late, it has been the fictional character, Don Draper, of the television show, Mad Men, reaching for a bottle of Canadian Club. Ohh, Don, you're such a lovable 'ol SOB. Even when you hold a tumbler of CC, you're poking a stick in the eye of Canadian whisky's reputation. There are so many other Canadian whiskies that are far better. CC is good with 7-up and that's about it.
Americans buy more Canadian whisky than anyone else. During Prohibition, that dark time in history when alcohol was banned in the United States, enterprising Canadians were more than happy to meet the US market demand for whisky. Consumption was strong and the whisky was not great. Times have changed.
There are now many great Canadian whiskies. The best site on the web to learn about them is operated by a fellow Canuck, Davin de Kergommeaux (pictured above in a most pensive pose). Davin's site is aptly entitled "Canadian Whisky" (click here). He has recently posted the "Canadian Whisky Awards" which recognizes the best Canadian whiskies.
Check it out!