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Cocktails & Spirits

Rye vs. Canadian Whiskey

almansa | Jan 26, 201002:35 PM     7

This is a response to an earlier post of mine wrongly equating the two. True, we Canadians call Canadian whiskey "rye," but apparently that's just a bit of nostalgia talking. T'was a time when Canadians distilled whiskey from rye, but those days are long gone (except for a few distilleries), and now the gov't simply requires that the final product seem to look and taste similar to rye whiskey. Some Canadian whiskeys have as little as 10% rye in their genes.

Rye, on the other hand, as produced in the US, must derive from at least 51% rye. I take back my earlier assertion and blame my dear grandmother and her "rye & water."

We also call rutabagas "turnips." No apologies.

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