- Brand: Collingwood
- ABV: 45%
Collingwood Double Barrelled is the first release in their "Town Collection", which came out in the fall of 2017. It is primarily matured in used white oak barrels, then re-barrelled in heavily toasted casks. Then, like the standard Collingwood expression, it is finished with toasted maplewood staves. Thanks for @JasonHambrey for the sample.
The colour is a medium caramel. On the nose we get toffee, vanilla, buttery oak and herbs (mint, oregano). Salted caramel. Slightly citrusy. A bit of a sourdough note. Water brings out more mint and some balsamic notes. Despite some subtle complexity, this is generally a typical, nondescript Canadian profile.
Young on the palate with milk chocolate, more herbs, lots of toffee and a hint of maple. Creamy mouthfeel. Water adds a bit of spice and cinnamon chewing gum. Not as interesting as the nose but more than palatable.
The finish is medium-length and slightly dusty, with oak and baking spices. Again, this is a very typical Canadian with nothing much distinctive going on. Having said that, it's better than the standard Collingwood (which is far too sweet), and way better than their 21 year old rye. Fine for what it is.