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- Brand: Urban Distillery Single Malt Whisky
- ABV: 40%
Urban Distillery is a small craft distillery in Kelowna, BC. They've been offering whisky for a few years now, claiming it's Canada's 3rd (and BC's only) single malt.
The unique thing about this whisky is that it's sold with a small piece of cask wood in the bottle; there's a date on the bottle when the oak was added. I purchased mine in May 2016, but the oak had been added in December 2014, so about 16 months in the bottle.
The liquid is a medium-dark amber. Nose is vanilla and some citrus, with a strong oak tang.
Palate is more of the same: vanilla, citrus, and strong oak. Tangy. The mouthfeel is smooth and oily, quite nice. Took me a while to cotton on to this one, but I'm coming to like it. Like drinking a piece of wood (OK, perhaps the oak is a bit overdone...).
This is a relatively inexpensive craft whisky which is produced not too far from me; I had to try it. It's unlike any other single malt I've ever tried--the closest whisky I've tasted to this would be the 40 Creek 3-Grain Harmony 2015 release, which was a blend of corn and other grains. The Urban is not bad, just different--which makes it interesting. Much nicer than some single malt Scotches I've tried. I'd score it higher if the oak was a bit less pronounced; I'll give it an 84 overall. And I'll buy it again.