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Archive for the ‘Whisk(e)y’ Category

Review Bearface Triple Oak Canadian Whisky

Posted by Arctic Wolf on October 3, 2019

Bearface Triple Oak Canadian Whisky is a product of Bearface Spirits (owned by Mark Anthony Wine and Spirits).

The company does not have its own distillery for making whisky so to make their Bearface brand they begin by sourcing a mature 7-year-old Canadian single grain whisky which was aged in in ex-bourbon American oak casks. The mature whisky was then transported 4000 miles across Canada to Mission Hill British Columbia to placed in red wine soaked French oak casks for a first period of finishing. The whisky was then finished for a second time in virgin Hungarian Oak.

Here is a Link to my latest review:

Review: Bearface Triple Oak Canadian Whisky

“… The initial aroma is rich with  maple and butterscotch scents accompanied by fruity rye, canned fruit vanilla and baking spice. As the glass sits oak spice builds melding into the aroma which creates the impression of a yummy whisky elixir within the glass …”

Please enjoy my review, Chimo!

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Review: Gooderham and Worts Eleven Souls

Posted by Arctic Wolf on September 24, 2019

Last year, Corby Spirit and Wine Limited added Gooderham and Worts Eleven Souls to its 2018 Northern Borders Rare Collection whisky line-up. The whisky pays homage to William Gooderham act of generosity when he  cared for eleven orphans on their voyage to Canada. According to family accounts, Gooderham is reported to have all but adopted all of these children. In keeping with the tradition of the story of these eleven souls eleven different whisky casks were blended to create this whisky expression These casks were filled with spirit of various distillation methods comprised of five different grains (malted and unmalted rye, Brasetto rye, red winter wheat, malted and unmalted barley and corn) each aged in new white oak, ex bourbon casks or Canadian whisky casks.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Gooderham and Worts Eleven Souls

… The copper hued spirit brings dry spicy scents into the breezes with fine wood and rye spices taking the lead. This is followed with light vanilla and butterscotch aromas mingled with hints of marzipan. As the glass sits the aromas deepen bringing lush corn accents with mouth watering maple and impressions of rich tobacco, canned fruit and yummy marmalade …”

Please enjoy my latest review, Chimo!

Note:  Gooderham and Worts Eleven Souls was named the Rum Howler 2018 Canadian Whisky of the Year.

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Review: Wayne Gretzky No. 99 Ice Cask Whisky

Posted by Arctic Wolf on September 19, 2019

Wayne Gretzky No 99 Ice Cask Whisky is a Canadian Whisky produced by Wayne Gretzky Estates, who advertise themselves as Niagra’s only Winery, Distillery and Brewery. The new 23,000 square foot facility (a cooperative effort between Andrew Peller (Wines) LTD. and the Great One himself, Wayne Gretzky) was constructed over two years and includes both a winery and a distillery as well as tasting areas and barrel aging cellar.

The Ice Cask Whisky does not contain an age statement, however, as a Canadian Whisky we know that it must have been aged in oak casks for at least three years. Apparently, a small portion the spirit’s maturation was in accomplished in Ice Wine Casks which has added a hint of sweet fruit (grape) to the signature Canadian Whisky flavour profile. Although, the Ice Cask enhancement is at the front and center of the whisky, it is also apparent from tasting that rye grain was a strong focus as well. Wayne Gretzky Estates Master Distiller Joshua Beach was in charge of the project which is said to have required more than 99 trials to get just perfect.

Here is a link to my latest Canadian Whisky Review:

Review: Wayne Gretzky No. 99 Ice Cask Whisky

“…. The breezes bring forward an impression of bold rye and cereal grain which are accented by butterscotch, vanilla and clove with a light nutty scent of almond tagging along. I gave the whisky several minutes in the glass to develop. A light fruity quality was evident with notes of orange citrus and fainter tones of green grape …”

Please enjoy the review and my recommended cocktail which follows.

Chimo!

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Review: Canadian Club Barley Batch Limited Edition Whisky

Posted by Arctic Wolf on September 13, 2019

Barley Batch Highball

In the fall of 2018 Canadian Club released a special Limited Edition Whisky which celebrated Canadian Club’s 160th anniversary in the fall of 2018, the Canadian Club Barely Edition. Just as the name implies this is a whisky which relies heavily upon the influence of barley grain as the whisky is a blending of six-year-old barley malt whisky (produced in Calgary by Alberta Distillers) with Canadian Club’s flagship Canadian Club Whisky (produced in Windsor Ontario  at the Hiram Walker Distillery.

This Canadian Only release recently became available in my home Province of Alberta, and I manged to secure a bottle for tasting. I found it interesting that Canadian Club has chosen to bottle this expression at 42 % alcohol by volume rather than the traditional 40 % abv. which is more typical of the Canadian Club Family.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Canadian Club Barley Batch Limited Edition Whisky

“… The initial aroma is filled with herbal grass and menthol accented by butterscotch, almond and vanilla. I begin to notice scents of burlap and barley pushing their way through with some wood spices in the background. The herbal nature of the spirit is intriguing; this is quite a departure for the Canadian Club brand …”

Please enjoy my latest Canadian Whisky Review which concludes with a nice highball recipe for you to enjoy, the Barley Batch Highball.

Chimo!

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Review: Cascade Blonde American Whiskey

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 14, 2019

Recently, I was sent a few samples of Diageo’s new ‘Blonde’ Whiskey which is currently being sold in Texas and Michigan. The Whiskey, Cascade Blonde American Whiskey, is produced in Tennessee at Diageo’s Cascade Hollow Distilling Co. (formerly the George Dickel Distillery). The spirit takes its name from it light colour which is a result of a double chill filtering process the whiskey undergoes prior to being brought down to bottling proof (40 % alcohol by volume) with Tennessee limestone filtered water.

This whiskey is made from a high-corn mash bill (corn usually provides a smoother lighter whiskey than barley or rye), and my take on the spirit is that Diageo is aiming for a mild whisky suitable for cocktails and sipping over ice.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Cascade Blonde American Whiskey 

“… Drifting into the breezes is a light indication of sandalwood and fine oak spice, and straw. Vanilla, almond and butterscotch are present as well as a light indication of corn and a light winding grass-like scent. A touch of sour fruit and very light baking spice (ginger and cinnamon) rounds out the aroma …”

Please njoy my review which includes a few cocktails for your enjoyment.

Chimo!

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