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@MegawattReview by @Megawatt

6th Jan 2024

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Gold Bar Whiskey
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  • Brand: Gold Bar
  • ABV: 40%

This bottle was re-gifted to me by my aunt, and I was pretty excited to try it, knowing absolutely nothing about it. Turns out is an American blended whiskey finished in California wine casks.

Nose: Uh oh. Something is wrong here. The first word that springs to mind is "plastic". It is a sour, sickly-sweet, chemical mixture on the nose and frankly it turns my stomach. I mean that literally; I feel carsick after smelling it for just a few seconds. This can't be good.

Taste: Against my better judgement I go for a sip, trying to ignore the plasticky notes and see if there is anything to this. What I get is rotten-tasting fruit, cloying perfume, solvent-like spirit, and that's about it. My nose and mouth are both telling me this might be toxic.

Finish: Sour, bitter, and not short enough.

Balance: If I was the supreme ruler of the world, I would fine every judge at the San Francisco Spirits Competition ten thousand dollars for awarding this Double Gold. I now understand why American blended whiskey isn't really a thing in Canada. This tastes like poorly-made grain spirits matured in a rotten cask. Truly noxious stuff.

14 comments

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

Congratulations! You may have discovered a whisky worse than Lambertus! Frighteningly, I would love to try it...

3 months ago 5Who liked this?

Astroke commented

@Nozinan They have those little 50ml Gold Bar samples at the LCBO if you really want to go down that road. laughing

3 months ago 1Who liked this?

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@Astroke None near me. 1 in Ancaster. If you pick it up maybe we can trade for my Old Scout that is open.

3 months ago 0

Astroke commented

@Nozinan Actually showed one in Stoney Creek but of course when I went it to grab it I was told that they have not had any since Christmes. Typical LCBO inventory explanation that came off like Charlie Browns teacher speaking.

3 months ago 0

Astroke commented

@Nozinan maybe a Found North batch 7 and some others could replace the mini gold bar, besides your thoughts on what may be the best blended Canadian whisky might serve better.

3 months ago 0

@casualtorture
casualtorture commented

Glad I've never even heard of this stuff until now.

2 months ago 1Who liked this?

@Megawatt
Megawatt commented

If anyone is near Guelph, I would gladly trade a sample.

A friend of mine let me try some of his "worst whiskey" from Hawaii, and it wasn't even close. That stuff was like, I dunno, George T. Stagg compared to this.

2 months ago 2Who liked this?

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

I may be travelling through Guelph on the next few months. A friend has a startup and is working with a lab in London and we may have to do a site visit. So I may be passing through. I am sure I can find some good whisky to trade for it.

2 months ago 2Who liked this?

@RianC
RianC commented

@Nozinan - has to be Lambertus, no? Don't tell me you finished it?!?! laughing

2 months ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@RianC I would gladly trade away, nay, give away Lambertus to anyone who wants to try it. but since I WANT to try the gold bar... I would feel obligated to throw in something good too.

2 months ago 1Who liked this?

@Megawatt
Megawatt commented

@Nozinan Well, I have almost a full 750ml. Tried making a mixed drink. Took one sip and down the drain it went. I can't believe people pay for this stuff.

2 months ago 1Who liked this?

@RianC
RianC commented

@Megawatt - possibly a bad batch ... thinking smile

I once had a Glenfarclas 12 that was all sourness and zero sherry - I couldn't even blend it out! Mind you, GF are known for their inconsistency.

A Writer's Tears I had was similar - tasted like it had gone bad or something, yet the first bottle was beautiful.

Bad batch or not though, I won't be buying a bottle slight_smile

2 months ago 0

@RianC
RianC commented

Edit. DP

2 months ago 0

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