- Brand: Still Waters
- ABV: 50%
This limited-edition blend is, to my knowledge, the first to contain only malt, rye, and corn whisky from the Still Waters distillery (i.e. no outsourced corn this time).
Nose: caramel, and lots of baking spice. Halfway between a Canadian blend and a bourbon or straight rye, in a way. Orange peel coming through now...very rich with lots of depth. Vanilla starting to emerge as well. Deeper down, some earthy/musty notes. Complex. A bit of water brings the malt out considerably, with dark, toasty notes of tobacco
Taste: powerful, with an immediate impact on the tongue. Loads of spice rolling around. Oakier than the Red Blend. Still some vanilla but the overall effect is dry and strong. Water makes it sweeter but detracts from the wonderful mouthfeel.
Finish: long, with oak and spices. Even a bit of ginger.
Balance: outstanding. It's nearly a crime that this won't be around for long. For me, this is close to the pinnacle of Canadian whisky. Hats off the the distillers and blenders. Almost too good.