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Nose: profoundly oaky. The aroma is pure oak, which is to say there are notes of butterscotch, maple, and a hint of baking spice. After a while, orange rind appears. A delicate yet deep aroma. Smooth and full of wood notes. Slightly earthy, with autumn leaves. If you have any doubt as to the oakiness of this stuff, smell the empty glass after it has dried. Pure wood.
Taste: buttery-smooth. Caramel-infused oak, then some citrus notes. A tad musty. Very typical flavours for a well-aged Canadian blend, but the quality of the flavour is up there with the better ones I've tried. This type of whisky is as much about the silky texture as it is about flavour.
Finish: long and gentle, oak-driven. No bitter or sour notes.
Balance: this is what old Canadian whisky should taste like, in the traditional style. Almost too oak-heavy, but the extra proof gives it the required weight to hold up. Comparing from memory, I would rate it over the Gibson's 18 and Century Reserve 21 I had recently.