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Gooderham & Worts 4 Grain

A Pleasant Surprise

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@OdysseusUnboundReview by @OdysseusUnbound

21st Jun 2022


  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
  • Overall

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  • Brand: Gooderham & Worts
  • ABV: 44.4%

I've never had the "basic" Gooderham & Worts whisky so I figured I owed it to myself to try it.

  • Nose: There’s sweetness at first with brown sugar and caramel, followed by some surprisingly assertive rye spice (cinnamon and cloves mostly). Given a few minutes to breathe, there’s some fruitiness coming through; pears at first followed by peaches and apricots. There’s also a touch of mint hanging around on the outskirts.

  • Palate: While I wouldn’t call it thick and chewy, this whisky is richer than I expected. Let’s call it medium-bodied. The rye bread flavours come through first and quickly turn to cinnamon and cloves, followed by over-steeped black tea. This last flavour note is one I often find in the ryes made at the Hiram Walker distillery and I absolutely adore what it brings to the party. The fruitiness is still present albeit more subdued than on the nose.

  • Finish: medium length with the spicy cinnamon and cloves cutting through the sweetness and the oak tannins contributing a slight drying effect.

  • Conclusions: Gooderham & Worts presents excellent value for money. Those outside Canada might not understand that $40 is still very much a great deal on a bottle of whisky in these parts. This particular whisky, while still sweet, presents enough complexity and spice to stand out from the pack.

  • Would I accept a glass if it were offered? Absolutely

  • Would I order this in a bar or pub? Indubitably.
  • Would I purchase another bottle? I’m sure I will.


Nozinan commented

Nice review. I think I scored this 1 point lower. It's really not a bad whisky. I liked it better than the Little Trinity, the first of the G&W NBC releases, bottled back in 2017.

Now although I like it, I have to admit that my bottle of this, first opened in 2014, has not seen a lot of action. 6 years on and it has between a third and a half of the bottle left. I last poured it three days shy of 4 years ago.

So while it is a pleasant sipper, I have a lot more interesting whiskies that almost always grab my attention over this one.

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OdysseusUnbound commented

@Nozinan I agree; this one is an above average “background sipper” in my estimation. Good, pleasant, but not life-changing.

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YakLord commented

I've had two bottles in my possession at various times, but they've both ended up being pulled out of the accumulation to be used as birthday or Christmas presents for friends. I've definitely enjoyed it, though, when offered glasses by friends.

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