Updated: Dec 6, 2018
Reviewing Niagara Fall's Craft Distilled 100% Canadian Rye Whisky.
Canadian whisky is commonly referred to as rye whisky. Truth be told there is no legal requirement for Canadian whisky to have a specific rye content. Canadian whisky must, as per Food & Drug Regulations - ahem: possess the aroma, taste and character generally attributed to Canadian whisky.
Many Canadian whiskies, are made with primarily with corn then have a smaller percentage of rye as the flavouring whisky. There are though, some high content rye whiskies out there. And one of them, probably flying under your radar, is Niagara Falls Craft Distilled 100% Rye Canadian Whisky.
Because it was aged in ex-bourbon barrels, it doesn't have the impetuousness or bravado of say some American ryes aged in virgin barrels.
This expression is rounder but make no doubt, there be rye in there.
It's sweet and warm rye right down the centre with lovely notes dancing in and out of our nose.
We let it then sit for a bit then went in for a second nosing and they rye was still there - nicely polished without the rough edges one would expect from a younger whisky.
Oh there's some heat, or rather, polite warmth in the finish.
Our pairing suggestion:
Canada is experiencing a boom in new distilleries where just a few years ago, you'd be hard pressed to find any save for the big 8. Now newer names are coming up and adding their voices to the Canadian whisky conversation, including NFCD. We suggest that you put Niagara Falls Craft Distilled 100% Canadian Rye Whisky on your radar to try.