- Brand: Hiram Walker
- ABV: -1%
Here's an odd one I picked up at an LCBO/Waddington's auction a few months ago. All I know about this is that it was distilled in 1963 (according to the tax stamp) at Hiram Walker in Walkerville, Ontario. There is no age statement, nor any ABV given at all. The odd "tower" shaped bottle has a gold-coloured top, and sits within a black leatherette zippered case with gold lettering. Pretty cool - except I think this must have been stored for years on its side. The cork is soaked through and is in very rough shape, with bits of it floating in the whisky. Oh well, let's see how it holds up!
The colour is a medium amber (with extremely oily legs). On the nose we have furniture polish, sandalwood, rum-raisin, dark chocolate and black currant. Some big wood smoke in there too, like a campfire. Black cherries. Something vegetal in the background (cork taint?) I'm in a dark, dank musty library - but the caramel and vanilla are still there to remind you that this is, indeed, whisky. A drop of water brings out more vegetal notes. Very interesting, but I wonder if this really nosed like this when it was originally bottled, or if the cork has altered the profile.
The palate is rather oily, as expected, with lots of Mackintosh toffee and vanilla. Mild spices. Raisins. Honey and milk chocolate. Tasty but a little on the bland side, though water brings out more herbs and a sharp rye note. Needs more complexity.
The warm finish is extremely mouth-drying with tannic oak, cherries and mint. This is indeed a very interesting time capsule (especially the packaging), but I worry that poor storage has caused some cork taint. Still, I wish I knew more about the bottling - if anyone here has any more info, please share.