Gibson's Finest Bold 8 year old, 46%

Price: $22 Issue: Fall 2016 Reviewer: Davin de Kergommeaux

With NAS, 12, and 18 year old versions long-established as Canadian favorites, Gibson's master blender, Brian Kinsman (of Glenfiddich), turned his hand to an 8 year old specifically intended to be mixed with Coke. Why? That's how 40% of Canadians prefer their whisky. Rich in dark rum notes, kola nuts, vanilla pods, and sweet rye, it bursts with ripe black fruits and sizzling hot spices. Sip slowly to uncover black licorice, a touch of tannin, and the classic Canadian hot, bitter pith finish. C$29