Sticking my nose up to the bottle of this ten-year-old Canadian blend makes me think of three words: hot buttered rum. In the glass it introduces more spices and nutty aromas in addition to the molasses sweetness and buttery warmth. A nice, light aroma.
It comes across smooth though somewhat spirity on the tongue. Sweet spiciness becomes oaky at the back of the mouth. Dank, foresty notes persist into the finish.
Overall this is a pretty good whisky and a great value. It is perhaps a bit hot at full strength but on ice it is marvellous. Doesn't mix quite as well as Crown Royal or Canadian Club Classic, I find.
I just bought a bottle of this yesterday because of the price. The nose while not overly complex was OK. After a few sips confirmed that while not outstanding it seemed good enough for a newbie like me to drink neat. However a few minutes after I finished my glass a horrible aftertaste hit me. I am new to whisky and I know that a lot of companies add caramel color. I am wondering if the colorant might be tainting this whisky. It seems very dark for a whisky that is aged in refilled casks. I am going to try it again and maybe have a better experience.