Behold! Another Canadian whisky is honoured by its appearance on Uisge Beatha! This distillery is relatively new to the market, having been founded in 1992. The operations are based out of Grimsby, Ontario and were purchased from the founder in 2014 by Italian spirits company Campari. The distillery has won numerous awards and the Premium Barrel Select is among the products appreciated by industry peers.
This particular product is bottled at 40% abv and is made from rye, barley, and maize. A lot of work goes into this bottle. Each grain is distilled separately and aged from 6 to 10 years in copper pot stills. The casks used in aging are white oak barrels. Once aged to perfection, the whiskies are finished in ex-sherry casks for several months before being combined to produce the final product.
But enough of this history lesson! On to the tasting!
In appearance, the whisky is a satisfying tone of copper.
The nose is a faint mix of grape and honey. The drinker will not be overwhelmed by this introduction.
The palate is a sweet but spicy mix dried nuts, raisin, honey, pepper, and a touch of milk chocolate (or chocolate milk?).
The finish is short, leaving behind memories of sweet fruits and dried nuts.
Adding a bit of water only dulls the experience, I strongly recommend this one be taken straight.
Overall, this is a decent whisky and fine for the average drinker. However, at $24.50 in Quebec and $27.35 in Ontario, you can’t go wrong!