Canada Gold, 40%

Price: $22 Issue: Spring 2014 Reviewer: Davin de Kergommeaux

Whisky maker John Hall says value whiskies save used barrels from being wasted. Study the label and you'll find this lush mixer hails from Hall's Forty Creek distillery. Sweet voluptuous butterscotch and corn syrup slather peppery heat and the mildest tannins. The pepper turns ticklish on the roof of your mouth until charred wood, burned toffee, and vanilla custard flow over it. Simple but very sippable, it's a bit luxurious for a mixing whisky. (Canada only) C$24