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Glen Breton Ice 17 is unusual in many respects: it is a cask-strength Canadian whisky finished in icewine barrels, so you can expect it to have little in common with any other Canadian whiskies. Glen Breton whisky hasn't exactly received glowing reviews from many critics, so let's see how this little 250ml offering fares.
The whisky is very pale for a 17 year old. Nosed from the bottle, it shows some fruity sweetness, but at full strength in the glass it is restrained, with some toasty aromas, almost like toasted bread. Water is a must. With water, the toast aromas persist but are joined by some mild grape, vanilla, and a bit of chocolate. Not exactly the most expressive nose I've come across.
The whisky is medium-bodied. The arrival is strange, buttery at first with some fruity notes becoming sour and bitter on the tongue. Something doesn't sit right here. There is not much of a malt presence, and the icewine casks fail to sparkle. The sour taste becomes the predominant feature.
I had sort of enjoyed previous tastings but now that I'm dissecting it a bit, I've come to realize that this is really quite a terrible whisky. Aside from some grape on the nose and the initial buttery texture it offers very little in the way of charm and the whole thing falls apart after a few seconds in the mouth. Even setting aside the high price, I was expecting a whole lot more from this.