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Virginia Black

Drake Made a Whiskey and Nobody Cared

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@talexanderReview by @talexander

18th Jan 2017

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  • Nose
    16
  • Taste
    18
  • Finish
    18
  • Balance
    16
  • Overall
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  • 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.

25 comments

@jeanluc
jeanluc commented

Looks like an aftershave bottle. Could it double up as a celebrity fragrance?

2 years ago 1Who liked this?

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

when you start crying at the tasting your significant other can console you and say "that's ok we're going home...."

2 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

Yeah, everybody's a whisk(e)y-maker now! When they strike gold, then everybody goes a-prospecting.

I guess it would be more novel of the celeb to make Canadian whisky than to make bourbon, because about a thousand folks are making bourbon now, and that's actual distilleries, never mind the other 400 sourcing bottlers.

But if celeb Blake is going to "make" (bottle) crappy whisky, do you really want it to be crappy Canadian whisky?

2 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

...yeah, Drake...

...and who is Virginia Black? Or is it a reference to the state?

2 years ago 0

@Dreambuie
Dreambuie commented

ABV too high for mouthwash

2 years ago 0

@Pierre
Pierre commented

It'd look at home on a shelf next to David Beckham's Haig Club though.

2 years ago 0

@Pierre
Pierre commented

And maybe a bottle of Diddy's Ciroc. Are there any other celebrity spirits I've missed?

2 years ago 0

@jeanluc
jeanluc commented

Bling

2 years ago 1Who liked this?

@Victor
Victor commented

@Pierre, Dan Aykroyd Crystal Head Vodka...also, until recent separation of the ways, Carlos Santana and Casa Noble Tequila.

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2 years ago 1Who liked this?

@Alexsweden
Alexsweden commented

Hehe, good stuff! The bigger the celebrity the sillier a bottle I guess.. Are the any good celebrity spirits though?

2 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

@Alexsweden, Casa Noble Tequila is first rate, so much so that Carlos Santana has already cashed out after several years in, at a good return I expect. That brand had been doing well before Santana, and to the best of my knowledge is doing fine since Santana.

Thanks moderators for posting my link to Crystal Head as a full image.

2 years ago 0

@jeanluc
jeanluc commented

No probs @Victor relaxed

In the comment pop-up there is a video button, if you click this it reveals a input where you can paste a YouTube or Vimeo URL. I'm going to improve this so it automatically extracts the URL from the comment soon. Will also add support to embed Tweets.

2 years ago 0

@Alexsweden
Alexsweden commented

I've heard good stuff about number Juan tequila co-owned by comedian Ron white.

2 years ago 0

@talexander
talexander commented

I didn't realize all these awesome comments were here! I didn't receive any email notifications that anyone commented on this pithy review.

2 years ago 0

@talexander
talexander commented

@Victor I have no idea why it is called Virginia Black. It's not distilled there (in fact there is a note on the back of the bottle that says "Not from Virginia" or something like that. I'm pretty sure it was distilled at MGP.

2 years ago 0

@talexander
talexander commented

@Victor I would hope it would be good Canadian whisky. Also, I'm sure he had nothing to do with the creation of it. Probably the tequila guy just got MGP to distill and blend some young bourbons, finished it in casks that held tequila, and Drake put his name on it. That's my guess.

2 years ago 0

@talexander
talexander commented

@Alexsweden Apparently the Ron Jeremy rum is actually quite good.

2 years ago 1Who liked this?

@talexander
talexander commented

@Alexsweden Cabo Wabo tequila - Sammy Hagar used to own it, but then sold it for a bajillion dollars. Very good tequila.

2 years ago 1Who liked this?

@Alexsweden
Alexsweden commented

No hip hoppers huh... In Sweden the rapper petter Alexis actually has a line of cognac that's supposed to be decent. I'm not standing in line to try it though.

2 years ago 0

@Ol_Jas
Ol_Jas commented

Whisky is the only reason I know who David Beckham or Drake are.

OK, I still don't really know who Drake is.

2 years ago 1Who liked this?

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@Ol_Jas - and that's a bad thing....why?

2 years ago 1Who liked this?

Astroke commented

@talexander Hagar may not get the same offer for his abysmal Beach Bar Rum that the LCBO blew out for pocket change in Hamilton last year. Did not even make a decent Rum drink.

2 years ago 0

@talexander
talexander commented

@Astroke Ha - wonder why he is bothering? He should just sit back on his gazillion dollars and drink his cares away...

2 years ago 0

@paddockjudge
paddockjudge commented

@talexander, The Acid Test: you are isolated for two weeks. You can have only one 750 ml bottle of alcohol and you must choose between Virginia Black and Collingwood 21 YO Rye...notice I stated alcohol, not whisky. Which will it be?

2 years ago 0

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