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Archive for the ‘Flavoured Whisky’ Category

Review: Canadian Club Apple Whisky

Posted by Arctic Wolf on April 12, 2020

Canadian Club has once again expanded their flavoured and Spiced whisky line-up as they recently introduced Canadian Club Apple Whisky. The new flavoured whisky is apparently produced by blending Canada Club’s flagship brand, 1858 Canadian Club Canadian Whisky with a hand-crafted apple liquor. According to the advertising:

Fresh, crisp apple aromas meet flavours of cinnamon and hints of caramel on the palate then roll to a smooth, sweet finish. Serve neat or on the rocks with Dutch apple pie.

Canadian Club Apple Whisky is bottled at 35 % alcohol by volume.

Here is a link to my review:

Review: Canadian Club Apple Whisky

“… The initial nose is lightly sweet indicating some added sweetness (probably from the blended liqueur) and so it takes a little time before the apple scents can break free from the sweetness. Once they do though, it is a nice crisp green apple scent that greets the breezes above the glass …”

Please enjoy my review of this new flavoured whisky from Canadian Club.




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Review: The Forager Botanical Whisky

Posted by Arctic Wolf on March 15, 2020

Recently Forty Creek Distillery (owned by the Campari Group) released The Forager Botanical Whisky. It is sort of a Gin meets whisky spirit made with a light, yet complex Canadian whisky which has been infused with wild sourced Canadian Botanicals.

According to the back of the bottle the spirit is made from Canadian Whisky and these natural botanicals: Juniper Berries, spruce tips, mugwort, Labrador Tea, Sweet Fern.

Looking at the botanical list, you can see why I made the reference to gin as Juniper is the foundation of the piny spirit. The other botanicals should be leaving their mark as well. Spruce tips have a resin-like flavour with hints of menthol and citrus. Mugwort has been used in as a bitter flavouring for meats and beverages since ancient times. Labrador tea is an herbal tea which (according to wikipedia has been a favorite beverage among Athabaskan First Nations, and Inuit people for generations. Sweet Fern is another herbal tea ingredient with a slightly bitter resin-like flavour which apparently was consumed by early North American settlers and may well have been used by indigenous First Nations peoples much earlier.

Here is a link to my full review with complete tasting notes:

Review: The Forager Botanical Whisky

“… the nose brings both whisky-like scents of vanilla, butterscotch, almond and fine wood and grain spices, but also a mild impression of juniper. Their is a vague impression of licorice and angelica, which might be associated with the other botanicals or perhaps an association conjured in my mind by the gin-like juniper scent …”

Please enjoy my review which includes my suggested serving, Maureen of the Pines.



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Review: Crown Royal Texas Mesquite 

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 25, 2020

Crown Royal®Canadian Whisky is currently produced in Gimli, Manitoba, at the Crown Royal Distillery. The distillery and the brand are owned by the global spirits conglomerate Diageo, and I think it is fair to say that Crown Royal is Diageo’s flagship Canadian whisky.

Crown Royal Texas Mesquite is a blend of Crown Royal Deluxe which according to the Crown Royal Website has been infused with the smoky soul of locally sourced Texas mesquite wood. The spirit is bottled at 40 % alcohol by volume, and sold in the Crown Royal decanter shown below.

Here is a link to my review of this unique flavoured Whisky:

Review: Crown Royal Texas Mesquite

“… When I brought the glass to my nose a sour note was evident which was followed by what seemed like a hint of herbal peat which of course is actually the imprint of mesquite wood upon the whisky. A sharp note of orange peel was evident as well. As I let the spirit breathe firm butterscotch, candied orange peel and fine oak spices joined in …”

Please enjoy the review, Chimo!

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Review: J.P. Wiser’s Old Fashioned Whisky Cocktail

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 5, 2020

J.P. Wiser’s was established in 1857, and Hiram Walker & Sons Limited currently produces there whisky at their Windsor, Ontario, distillery. Since 1935, J.P. Wiser’s has been the majority shareholder of Corby Spirit and Wine.

J.P. Wiser’s Old Fashioned Whisky Cocktail is bottles as a ready-to-serve cocktail. According to the company website the spirit is made from quality whisky, orange essence and natural flavour and is meant to bring the experience of the classic Old Fashioned Whisky Cocktail to the consumer in a format where it can be enjoyed or in other convenient settings.

The serving is meant to be enjoyed over ice with perhaps a twist of citrus garnish.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: J.P. Wiser’s Old Fashioned Whisky Cocktail 

“… I thought I knew what to expect when I nosed the ready to drink spirit but was surprised with an unexpected aroma of candied fruit with menthol and light peppermint …”

Please enjoy my latest Canadian Whisky Review.



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Review: Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey

Posted by Arctic Wolf on August 23, 2018

Jack Daniel’s is produced in Lynchburg, Tennessee, by the Jack Daniel Distillery (currently owned by the Brown-Forman Corporation). In the advertising and upon their website, the company highlights the fact that Jack Daniels Whiskey undergoes a filtering process (not typically used by bourbon producers) known as the The Lincoln County Process. This Process involves filtering the whiskey through a column of charcoal (or steeping the whiskey in charcoal chips) to remove unwanted flavours and contaminants prior to cask aging. The Jack Daniel’s Distillery produces its own charcoal pellets for the Lincoln County Process from sugar maple timbers. These charcoal pellets are packed into 10-foot (3.0 m) vats, where they are used to remove the impurities from the distilled Jack Daniel’s whiskey.

Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey represents a blending of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey and a unique honey liqueur produced by Jack Daniel’s. This liqueur is apparently made from real honey.

Here is a link to my review:

Review: Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey

“… as the name implies this spirit features a penetrating aroma of the sweet sticky honey. Light whiskey smells struggle to be noticed and there is perhaps a touch of astringency in the air …”

Please enjoy my review and the cocktail suggestions at the conclusion, Tennessee Sunshine.


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