- Brand: Virginia Black
- ABV: 40%
For some reason, Toronto hip-hop superstar Drake teamed up with Brent Hocking (founder and creator of Deleon Tequila) to create a blend of two, three and four-year-old bourbons (distilled, I believe, at MGP) and finished "with a decadent profile", whatever that means. In fact, the label says this is "Decadent American Whiskey". Is it? Really? Well, the bottle and packaging sure is (but in a cheap way). Let's find out what's inside...
The colour is a dark reddish copper. On the nose we have tobacco, dark chocolate, wet coffee grounds and Hubba Bubba. Despite the dark colour and heavy scents described here, there's something very young and spirity in the background, kind of estery. Burnt caramel. Artificial vanilla extract. Fruitier with water. Vaguely bourbon-y but quite a mess. Not great.
Thin on the palate, with soft oak, leather and the slightest hint of spice and citrus. Black cherry shows up with a drop of water. Very nondescript - there's really not much going on here.
The finish is very short with some toasted oak, cinnamon and that burnt caramel note again. Well, this is the opposite of "decadent" - it's thin, weak and unbalanced. Why, Drake, why? And why not make Canadian whisky instead of this watery mess? Starting from the bottom, indeed.