Canadian whisky is undergoing a renaissance despite a slightly confusing rye labelling issue. In Canada, whisky must be aged three years, and any Canadian whisky may be referred to generically as rye. In the US, a rye whiskey must have a rye content of 51% but the age requirement is only two years for a whisky to be called a straight rye. Read More »
An old bottling of Black Velvet – a very approachable blend of fine whiskies, it's as smooth as the name would suggest and slips down almost alarmingly easily. We estimate this bottle dates from the 1980s.
A hard to find 100% rye whisky created by Maker's Mark's former master distiller, Dave Pickerell. Confusingly, this is actually a Canadian rye, bought in and blended by Dave while his own whiskey ages on the company's farm in Vermont, and it's been winning awards since it appeared in mid-2010.
An old and rare bottle of Seagram's V.O. that we think was bottled way back in the 1940s. Along with the label stating all of the regular details it sports a jolly extra tag saying 'Canadian whisky at its glorious best!'. Glorious indeed.