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This whisky shows more obvious rye influence than I recall from previous bottles. On the nose it has that light spice, like cinnamon and cloves, but also an astringent mineral note, like wet stones. Not as much toffee and vanilla as other Canadians.
It hits the mouth with pronounced bitterness. The flavour is hard and brittle like rye-heavy Canadians tend to be. You really have to like this style of whisky to enjoy this. The extra age does give it a richer body and hints of toffee. Ice brings out additional sweetness
It leaves with a gradual, consistent fade. Overall this whisky falls on the bitter end of the Canadian flavour spectrum. Head-to-head comparisons reveal that it is not nearly as sweet and creamy as Gibson's 12 year old, yet has greater character and complexity. Mixes very well with ginger ale.