2016 Top 50 Canadian Whisky Countdown: #25 – Hiram Walker Special Old
Posted by Arctic Wolf on November 30, 2016
Henry Corby began his involvement in the distilling industry in approximately 1841, buying and selling grain at a grist-mill on the banks of the Moira River. By 1859, his distillery had become as important as his milling operation and so it (the distillery) was incorporated as a separate company.
Today the company that Henry Corby established is known as Corby Spirit and Wine Limited which is one of Canada’s leading spirits companies which represents a large portfolio of internationally renowned spirits which include scotch, whiskey, rum, gin and vodka as well as both the Corby and Wiser’s branded Canadian Whisky.
Hiram Walker Special Old is a Corby branded whisky which the company describes as follows:
An upfront, bold rye whisky with a flavour that is gloriously mouth-watering and rugged in nature.
That description is fairly accurate although I might add that the whisky displays uncommon smoothness for a blend which is probably less than 5 years old.
Here is a link to my recently revised review with its new scoring:
“… Rye, toffee, and citrus fruit all seem to jump onto the palate at once and battle for supremacy. A thin layer of honey underneath provides a counterbalance, and a nice wave of oak spice is inter-wound throughout the delivery. When I took my second mouthful a rich cornfield appeared under the flavour profile which unwound a ribbon of bourbon into the whisky as well …”
Stay tuned as the countdown continues tomorrow with the number 24 Canadian Whisky, Chimo!
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