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Archive for the ‘Canadian Whisky’ 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: Mister Sam Tribute Whiskey

Posted by Arctic Wolf on April 10, 2019

Yesterday, Sazerac unveiled Mister Sam which pays homage to Sam Bronfman, who is considered to be the pioneer who founded of the modern-day distilled spirits industry. Bronfman immigrated to Canada from Imperial Russia in the late 1800s, and went on to propel Seagram’s into the largest and most successful distilled spirits company in the world at that time. Sam was apparently focused on making and blending the finest whiskies possible, and maintaining the highest quality standards in the industry. “Mister Sam” as he was affectionately known created some of the world’s most iconic spirit brands while at the helm of the Seagram’s empire until his death in 1971. As a tribute to Sam Bronfman and the vast contribution he made to the spirits industry, the Sazerac Company has developed a highly limited blended whiskey expression made with some of Sazerac’s finest American and Canadian Whiskeys.

The “Mister Sam” blend was created by Sazerac’s Master Blender Drew Mayville whose career included a 22 year stint at Seagram’s where he was the fourth and last Master Blender under the Seagram dynasty. Mayville had the vast array of Sazerac’s American and Canadian Whiskey stocks at his disposal while developing the final blend.

According to Drew Mayville:

“I was thrilled to be able to work on the blend for this exciting tribute whiskey.  Mister Sam was known to say ‘Distilling is a science; Blending is an art,’ and he’s right.  Creating the elusive perfect blend is every bit about experimentation and precision.  We’re very proud of the whiskey we’ve created.”

Yesterday I gave everyone a teaser and promised that today I would publish my full review of the Tribute Whiskey. Here is a link to that full-page review:

Review: Mister Sam Tribute Whiskey

“… Upon the palate, Mister Sam arrives with the brute force of a sledge-hammer threatening to knock your tonsils down your throat with unabashed whiskey fury. The resulting belt to the mouth leaves you wondering what just happened, but at the same time hoping it will happen again. The whiskey might have rattled my taste buds, but the rich robust flavour is undeniable …”

I hope everyone enjoys the review as much I enjoyed the whiskey!

Chimo!

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