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J.P. Wiser's Canada 2018 Commemorative Series

Happy Canada Day! - Part II of II

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@talexanderReview by @talexander

1st Jul 2018

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  • Nose
    23
  • Taste
    21
  • Finish
    22
  • Balance
    22
  • Overall
    88

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Our second whisky today is a brand new release from Wiser's, in their Commemorative Series (which I guess is annual?) This one commemorates the 200th anniversary of the 49th Parallel (which runs along the border between Canada and the US), which is pretty ironic since today is when our brutal trade war with America begins!

The colour is a medium amber. Flinty on the nose, with white pepper, pencil shavings, sage and a touch of vanilla. Almond skins. Pine needles. Tobacco smoke. Like creme brûlée with a grind of pepper on top. Water seems to do little to the nose or palate. Lots of varied notes here, but all work together in harmony.

The palate is soft with much more vanilla, also butterscotch, toasted oak and a hint of chili pepper. Milk chocolate. A dash of malt vinegar. Slightly oily mouthfeel. Not quite as complex as the nose but still very inviting.

The finish is chalky with more oak, cinnamon, a touch of clove and peanut brittle. This sits firmly in the Wiser's wheelhouse, with a nice balance between the sweet and the spice. If only President Trump was a drinker, we could send a case or two across that 49th Parallel to him so that he mellows out a little!

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5 comments

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

Nice review.

Looks like I JUST beat you to it...

Reading, I would think we tasted different whiskies, though the pepper is a common theme. I don't think I enjoyed it as much as you did. It might improve with time though. At least I know who to give the bottle to if I don't want to finish it...

about one year ago 0

@OdysseusUnbound
OdysseusUnbound commented

@Nozinan @talexander I trust both your palates. How do I decide if I should buy one? Perhaps fate will decide. Thanks for the review.

about one year ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

Put us both in a room full of Scotch - last one standing wins...that likely won't be me...

I can provide you with a generous sample...

about one year ago 2Who liked this?

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@OdysseusUnbound well, I did review it in a Highland whisky glass...

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