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October 24, 2019

The Best Canadian Whisky Under $20

first_img The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: The Best Craft Liquor Made in America Editors’ Recommendations The Absolute Best Rye Whiskey Brands for Under $50 The Best Whiskey for Whipping Up a Whiskey Sour When it comes to a quality bottle of whisk(e)y, you’ve probably learned by now that a good bottle doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive. Are expensive bottles of whisk(e)y delicious? You’re damn right they are. Are less expensive options also delicious? Not all of them, but many are.That rule applies across every category of whisk(e)y. No matter if you want Scotch, rye, or something else, you’ll be able to find a good bottle in your price range. In the case of this list, we’re setting our sights north of the border to see the best Canadian whiskies under $20.Canadian Club WhiskeyNext time you’ve got a Jackson to drop on a bottle of Canadian liquid gold, consider these options. Just remember that the price may eclipse $20 depending on where you are.Know nothing about Canadian whisky? Check out our interview with the man who wrote the book on it, Davin DeKergommeaux.Black Velvet Reserve – $14Black Velvet ages their Reserve Canadian whisky a minimum of eight years, which has aided the blend’s persistent popularity since the first batch was distilled in 1991. Although listed at $14, don’t be fooled by the price —  this is still a great go-to among the best whiskies from our neighbor to the north. With powerful and complex notes of roasted nuts, pear, slight spice, and pepper among others, the medium-bodied spirit sports a smooth, mellow grain taste on its smokey finish.Order SomePhillips Distilling Revel Stroke Pecan – $15It seems as if flavored whiskies have been popping up everywhere lately. But hey, if it gets people to enjoy one of man’s greatest past-times, all power to you as long as don’t go overboard. Phillips Distilling offers a whole collection of flavored whiskies, ranging from cinnamon to pineapple, and our favorite: pecan. If you’re going to engage with an infused whisky, it might as well be one that hosts a rich nuttiness that’ll complement a whisky’s smokiness.Learn MoreRich & Rare Reserve Canadian Whisky – $17R&R was birthed during the Prohibition era, as Harry Hatch, who owned the Gooderham and Worts distillery and one of Canada’s most successful whisky entrepreneurs, distilled the first batch in Toronto. To go along with R&R’s rich history, theReserve blend is reminiscent of higher-end whisky brands, boasting a honey toast and floral nose while being heavily influenced by spicy rye grain and oak barrels in its flavor. This one also works well as a lone wolf over ice or in a mixmixed drinkearn MoreCanadian Club 100% Rye – $20We’re all aware of Canadian Club. The Reserve blend is a favorite amongst the budget bottles of Canadian whisky out there. The brand’s reputation doesn’t end with one creation, though. Canadian Club’s 100% Rye won best whisk(e)y in the world in 2015 and is the cream of the crop when we’re talking the best cheaper Canadian whiskies. Crafted from whole grain rye grown in Alberta’s unforgiving countryside, this bottle offers a rich caramel and oak taste followed by a spicier finish than your typical Canadian whisk(e)y. Nonetheless, it retains that good old Canadian Club smoothness that’s best suited for life alone, or on ice.Order SomeJ.P. Wiser’s Rye Canadian Whisky – $20This rye whisk(e)y managed to find the perfect median of complex and balanced, offering a smooth texture that crawls up the glass. Wiser’s rye is brimming with oak and toasted grain notes with an enduring rich toffee finish. Not only is this blend bold enough for life on the rocks, it’s also light enough to make any cocktail flourish.Order SomeForty Creek Barrel Select – $20As the most luxurious selection among the best Canadian whisky under $20, Forty Creek’s Barrel Select has been ranked the No. 1 tasting whisky in North America by discerning Whisky Judges in multiple years over the last decade, and has taken home some of the highest accolades possible for a whisky. While this blend is only under $20 in some regions, it’s close enough and so good that we had to include it. It offers a little bit of everything: smooth viscosity and mellow aftertaste while also touting a complex character. Each batch is distilled separately in small portions and aged in American White Oak barrels. Each bottle may offer a different experience; but a pleasant, rich earthiness nonetheless.Order SomeArticle originally published by Bryan Holt on April 30, 2017. Last  updated by Sam Slaughter on August 7, 2018. The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less All the New Whiskies You Need to Drink This Fall last_img read more

October 6, 2019

Air Canada expands relationship with Sky Regional Airlines on US routes

Air Canada expands relationship with Sky Regional Airlines on U.S. routes MONTREAL – Air Canada gave assurances Monday that its expanded relationship with Sky Regional Airlines to include routes to the U.S. won’t result in pilot layoffs, citing its plan to hire hundreds of new employees.The Montreal-based airline said it will transfer 15 Embraer 175 jets in its mainline fleet to non-unionized Sky Regional, which will fly them under the Air Canada Express banner on short flights, mainly from Toronto and Montreal to cities in the northeastern U.S.The change flows out of an arbitrated pilots contract that allows the airline to outsource more of its large regional jet business to regional carriers such as Chorus Aviation (TSX:CHR) and Sky Regional.Sky Regional already operates flights using five Q400 turboprops between Montreal and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport under the Air Canada Express name.The transfer of the 15 regional jets is expected to be made between February and June 2013.Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) announced the deal with Sky Regional as it also announced plans to add two new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to its fleet next year as part a move to grow its international business.The two new aircraft will bring Air Canada’s Boeing 777 fleet to 20 aircraft, including both the 300ER and 200LR models.“The arrival of these new Boeing 777s, along with the 787 Dreamliners in 2014, will allow us to introduce new routes at the mainline carrier and release aircraft from our existing fleet to our new low-cost leisure carrier,” Air Canada chief executive Calin Rovinescu said in a statement.“Air Canada’s mainline carrier will continue to grow internationally as we launch new routes, while the leisure carrier will pursue opportunities in markets where we are not adequately cost competitive under the mainline brand.”Air Canada said the two changes have been factored into its plans, announced last month, to hire more some 1,100 employees over the next 12 months, including 200 new jobs for flight attendants and pilots at the low-cost carrier it plans to launch next year.Spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur said there won’t be any job losses because pilots that fly the ERJ 175 can also fly the larger ERJ190. She also noted the addition of the two Boeing 777 and attrition at the airline.The union representing Air Canada pilots said none of its members would be forced to work for Sky Regional.After the arbitration ruling was announced in July, the Air Canada Pilots Association said the imposed work rules will cost many pilots their jobs and demoralize the rest.“Customers will be surprised and disappointed to learn that in future, buying a ticket from Air Canada will not guarantee them a seat on an Air Canada flight operated by an Air Canada pilot,” union president Capt. Paul Strachan and chairman Capt. Jean-Marc Belanger said in a statement at the time.Cameron Doerksen of National Bank Financial said Monday that Air Canada’s regional service move is a big boost to a Chorus competitor and positions Sky Regional to compete for future flying with Air Canada.“We believe that Sky Regional has a lower cost structure than Chorus and will be well positioned to bid on any future opportunities with Air Canada,” he wrote in a report.Doerksen said some observers believed the new pilot agreement would provide additional growth avenues for Chorus from the Embraer planes. But he thinks Air Canada will primarily replace Chorus’ 50-seat CRJ planes with Q400s and maybe CRJ705s.He said the key risk for Halifax-based Chorus is the pending arbitration ruling on cost benchmarking. Air Canada wants the markup it pays to Chorus reduced to operate regional flights, while Chorus wants the current markup to remain in place until at least 2015.Chorus said Air Canada didn’t conduct a competitive bidding process for contract given to Sky Regional.The addition of 75-seat Bombardier 705 jets would improve its operating costs.“However, the addition of the Embraer 175s would make Jazz less efficient and raise our costs as a result of multiple fleet types,” said spokeswoman Manon Stuart.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Air Canada’s shares closed up four cents, or 3.15 per cent, to $1.31 in Monday trading. Chorus Aviation shares were unchanged at $3.80. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Oct 1, 2012 5:55 pm MDT read more