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Still Waters Stalk & Barrel #Canada150


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@MegawattReview by @Megawatt

28th Oct 2018


Still Waters Stalk & Barrel #Canada150
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  • 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.


cricklewood commented

@Megawatt wow that good huh? Shit now I have more stuff to FOMO over at the LCBO stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes

Thanks for the review, as discussed previously I have been very curious about this one, since it contained no sourced juice and actually has a pretty ballsy ABV (for a Canadian whisky) @JasonHambrey gave it a favorable review as well

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cricklewood commented

@Megawatt Ok so I snagged a bottle back in November but only had one or two cursory drams from it.

Last week I sat down to a healthy dram of this and the last two episodes of the bodyguard on Netflix, wow it really grows on you (the whisky laughing ), it starts off kind of simple but woven throughout are these intriguing touches, the finish and the malty side once the glass is finished is awesome.

The blending is well done and it's a really a different take on Canadian whisky. Thanks for recommending it so strongly I might have skipped out on picking up a bottle and at 30$ was a steal, my only regret is not buying another.

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Megawatt commented

@cricklewood I'm almost done my second bottle and I think I'll miss it when it's gone.

5 years ago 0

fiddich1980 commented

@Megawatt This is a shockingly good whisky. The corn, malted barley, and rye, while not married into a homogenous singularity, somehow complement each other. There is a complexity of favours(corn, baking spices, vanilla, carmel, tobacco and coconut) which twinkle on the palate. They contrast and complement. The complexity of favours is salivating for another taste even, with a drying finish.

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cricklewood commented

@fiddich1980 your comment really clarified what I had been feeling about this whisky, it hasn't been blended into a homogeneously, it's an interesting dialogue among the components, sometimes everyone is talking other times the rye, malt or corn are leading the conversation.

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