This edition of Uisge Beatha features a relatively new product for whisky lovers, the Canadian Pike Creek 10-year-old whisky. This whisky from the Corby family of distilleries, is aged 10 years in oak barrels for ten years and finished for a time in vintage port barrels. Bottled at 40% abv, the label claims that the port imparts “fruitiness and warm toasted notes”.
Looking at the glass before me, I note that the whisky is a visual treat, holdong magnificent copper colour that beckons me to hurry and begin my review.
The nose is of honey, raisin, maple syrup, melon, and a hint of vanilla. It sounds like a lot, but the scents blend nicely to create an inviting aroma.
The palate starts with fresh fruit and sherry, warming into some toasted almond and spice. There’s a bit of lemon In the mix, balancing some of those sweet flavours and making for a refreshing drink. A velvet texture and smooth flavours help it go down easily.
The finish is medium to long, leaving a bit of burned almond, hot spices, and smoke behind.
Adding some water doesn’t appear to do much to change the experience. The aroma exhibits more sherry and smoke. The palate shows more sherry and honey and the consistency becomes slightly less smooth. The finish is a bit longer perhaps, a bit less spicy, and the sweet fruits are allowed to come through as a result.
Overall, this is a gem of a whisky, Canadian or otherwise. It is no wonder it won the Best Canadian Whisky award at the World Whisky Awards in 2014 http://www.worldwhiskiesawards.com/pike-creek-10-years-old.20354.html.
This whisky is available at the SAQ in Quebec and the LCBO in Ontario for about $40, which in this reviewers experience is a decent price. But if you’re in New Hampshire, you’re in luck…it sells there for a mere $25-$30, definitely worth the price of admission.