As statements go, it takes some beating: “Rye whisky has so many different varieties and can be produced in so many different ways. It offers a whole new world of aromas to discover. In a few years I think rye can offer the same sort of quality and variety as Scottish single malt.”
Such whiskies do a disservice to Canada, for several reasons. Firstly, because the country is in the grip of its own craft distilling revolution and, after decades of navel-gazing, is starting to get the world to sit up and take notice of some tasty and original whiskies. Second, because many of the famous ‘Canadian’ whiskies are owned by American corporations, which have been more than happy to service a demand for bland and uninspired whiskies.