March 04, 2003
Jane Finch of The Daily Rant quotes an amusing passive-aggressive tirade by a Canadian who, among other cross-cultural comparisons, makes fun of American beer. Somehow that reminded me of what Kingsley Amis wrote about Canadian whisky (Every Day Drinking, 1983, 86):
Posted by Dr. Weevil at March 04, 2003 10:09 PM
I can't help thinking that the Canadians are a great crowd, but are perhaps the only people who could have produced a boring whisky.
Since my brother works for an American brewery and can get me free beer on occasion, I'm partial to USA brand.
Hey, watch it! I resemble that remark. Of all the things I have ever liked enough to repeat, usually I head straight towards the high end with the exception of whiskey, and there I find myself content with cheap Canadian whiskey. Go figure.
A country that produces Kokanee and Iron Horse really can't complain about American beer, can it?
It partly depends on what you're using it for. Elsewhere in the same book, Amis says (very plausibly) that Canadian is the ideal whisky for most mixed drinks.
I admit it...rye whiskey sucks. However, after the Canadian World Domination juggernaut has marched over Kentucky, Booker's will be all ours, ours, ours.
I take some Maker's Mark any day.
Indeed, Canadian whisky is very good for mixed drinks, IMO, precisely because it is boring.
Well, how about: glenoradistillery.com/
I'm all for a nice Irish whiskey. Because I can't afford my own taste in Scotch.
So if I like Canadian Club, which I do, I must be boring?
Nah. To each his own. I don't care for Sour Mash whiskeys because, well, they actually taste better coming up. Most people would find Irish whiskeys boring, and a really good scotch too similar to brandy. I say, knock yourself out. Drink what you like; life's too short to drink something because it's cool to do so.