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Posts Tagged ‘Hiram Walker Special Old’

2019 Rum Howler Favourite 20 Canadian Whiskies: #13 – Hiram Walker Special Old 

Posted by Arctic Wolf on December 10, 2019

Hiram Walker Special Old is one of those whiskies which I have enjoyed for decades. The first time I purchased a bottle was when my family and I had just bought a small rustic cabin at Alberta Beach on Lac St. Anne. The place had no running water or indoor plumbing, just fours with on old cook stove in the kitchen, a fire pit in the back.

The liquor store at Alberta Beach did not have a lot of selection but Hiram Walker Special Old was one of the more premium brands that was sold there. So when we had a family outing to the cabin, I would sometimes stop at that store and pick up a bottle for the weekend. Today my love for Hiram Walker Special Old is as much about those fond memories out at the lake, as it is about the quality of the spirit. (It is pretty darn good!)

Here is a link to my most recent review:

Review: Hiram Walker Special Old

“… As I let the whisky sit, the rye aroma subdues and note of citrus fruit, bourbon, and vanilla becomes more apparent as well as a deepening of the toffee. The nose is robust and my appetite for the whisky has been whetted …”


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2016 Top 50 Canadian Whisky Countdown: #25 – Hiram Walker Special Old

Posted by Arctic Wolf on November 30, 2016

rum-howler-top-50-2016Henry 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.

hiram-walker-s-o-sam_2645Today 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:

#25 – Hiram Walker Special Old Canadian Rye Whisky

“… 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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The Rum Howler – Top 50 Canadian Whiskies of 2016

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