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2019 Rum Howler Favourite 20 Canadian Whiskies: #6 – J.P. Wiser’s 18 Year Old

Posted by Arctic Wolf on December 17, 2019

The 18 Year Old Canadian Whisky from J.P. Wiser’s has been on my list of favourites for years. In fact, not too many years ago, if someone would ask me what I thought the best whisky in Canada was, without hesitation I would say Wiser’s 18 Year Old. And you know what, that still might be true, because this is one really great whisky, full of fine oak spice. In fact, it is this fine oak spice that defines the whisky. You see, when a whisky ages or matures in oak, the first couple of years the whisky picks up vanillans and caramels from the barrel pretty easily, but once we get beyond those first few years, the major flavour attribute the barrel gives to the whisky is a fine spiciness that continues to grow the longer the whisky rests within.

It is this fine spicy quality which I love so much. And although Canadian Whisky as a whole is evolving, and the flavour profiles at the most premium are becoming rounder and more flavourful. There will always be a spot on my whisky shelf for  the spice bomb that is J.P. Wiser’s 18 Year Old.

Here is a link to my review:

Review: J.P. Wiser’s 18 Year Old Canadian Whisky

“… The initial breezes are full of fine oak spices with hints of butterscotch and clean grain. As the glass breathes the spiciness within the breezes above the glass continues unabated. Meandering within the spice are rich smells of butterscotch and maple with a few hints of sharp orange peel and dusty grain. Some baking spices begin to form after about five minutes with vanilla and  brown sugar spice, bits of cinnamon white pepper and cloves …”




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