Canadian whisky is the style of whisky produced in Canada. Often Canadian whiskey is also referred to as rye whisky. To some extent, Canadian whiskey shares certain characteristics with Scotch whisky though it has a unique style of its own, thanks to the use of flavorful rye and unique means of production. The Canadian distillery used highly-flavorful rye grain in small portions to the mashes, which lead to the high demand of the rye-flavored whiskey, referring it simply as "rye." Today, the terms "rye whisky" and "Canadian whisky" are used interchangeably in Canada, and as defined in Canadian law, it refers to the same product. Most Canadian whiskeys are blended and distilled from grains, mostly corns and rye though barley and wheat are also used.
The Canadian Food and Drugs Act outlines the minimum a must meet conditions for the product labeled as Canadian whisky. These regulations are also upheld internationally through geographical indication agreements. To be labeled as Canadian whiskey, the product must be;
Distilled and aged in Canada in small wood barrels for at least three years. The minimum aging requirement applies to all whiskeys used in the blend.
Have not less than 40% ABV
It may contain caramel and flavoring.
The allowance in flavoring leads to the great variance in Canadian whiskeys. The regulations requirement does not limit the specific type of wood to use in maturation. Different types of barrels can be used, which can help achieve various flavors by blending whiskies aged in different barrels. Most Canadian whiskey is blended from corn. This is due to the availability of inexpensive American corn with rye being mostly used for flavoring and adding aroma. Canada also produces Single Malts, which are distinctive wonderful.
The base whiskies are usually distilled at around 180 to190 proof, which results in creating lighter in taste spirit, full of flavor as compared with others. The flavoring whiskeys are distilled at lower proof so as to retain most of their flavors to achieve the desired flavors. Canadian whisky is wonderful for mixing in cocktails due to their relative lightness. Compared to most popular whiskeys such as Scotch whisky, Canadian whisky is far more affordable.