Royal Canadian Small Batch Canadian Whisky 750ml (Elsewhere $30)
Sazerac's Royal Canadian import is one of the best values in the general "whisky" category. Even though it's imported and branded by the Kentucky great and comes in a bottle that reminds one of George T Stagg, this isn't Kentucky whisky. The Royal Canadian is classic Canadian whisky, meaning that it's slightly sweet, soft and supple, and full of rounded richness. For the money, there's no better deal in brown booze on our shelf. The Royal Canadian tastes great straight, on the rocks, or mixed into a number of classic cocktails. A must-have for any well-stocked bar and a fantastic alternative to Crown Royal. Three out for four stars from leading Canadian Whisky Expert/Critic Davin de Kergommeaux.