Top Shelf: The Renaissance of Canadian Rye Whisky


Classic cocktails have made a comeback with the Manhattan, the Old Fashioned and the Vieux Carré appearing in bar menus around the world. These three hand-crafted drinks all have one thing in common, the use of Canada’s signature spirit – rye whisky.

Rye is often preferred by whisky enthusiasts because its distinct character offers a taste that stands out from the others. Distillers like Lot No. 40® are reaping the benefits of the ‘rye renaissance.’

What sets Lot No. 40® apart from the rest? For one, it’s distilled one batch at a time in a copper pot still using the finest locally sourced ingredients. It’s then matured in carefully selected virgin white oak casks. The finished result is a 100% rye whisky packed with a well-balanced blend of dark fruits, vanilla, toffee, and peppery spice.

Try your hand at playing mixologist for the night and channel your inner cocktail connoisseur with this Lot No. 40® Old Fashioned.

Lot No. 40® Old Fashioned Recipe


  • 2 oz. Lot No.40®
  • 1 raw sugar cube
  • 5 dashes Angostura aromatic bitters
  • Splash of soda water
  • Hard ice
  • Mixing glass
  • Bar spoon
  • Orange zest


  • Put the raw sugar cube in a mixing glass
  • Add 5 – 7 dashes of angostura bitters
  • Add a splash of soda water
  • Muddle the sugar into a paste
  • Add Lot No. 40 Canadian whisky
  • Add ice and stir (approximately 30 revolutions)
  • Strain in rocks glass filled with ice
  • Take an orange zest, quickly snap over the glass to release aromatic oils
  • Drop orange zest into drink

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