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One week ago I was at Spirit of Toronto. At the Wiser's masterclass I was also able to come away with a quarter ounce of the 35 YO in a small vial brought for specifically such a purpose. I have @paddockjudge to thank for helping me to get that ½ oz bottle fully filled.
Last year’s Wiser’s 35 YO was considered excellent, and while I have enjoyed it a few times, $165 was too pricy for me to indulge, and I have not had a bottle of my own to review. This year’s release was rumoured to have been cask strength, but after experimenting with this in Victoria, Dr. Livermore felt it presented better at 50%, same as last year. Same ABV, but this time it will lighten your wallet by $200.
This expression, which, from what I understand, is mostly corn with just a little rye to flavour it, is reviewed in my usual manner, allowing it to settle after which I take my nosing and tasting notes. I’m using a Highland glass for this 15 cc pour.
Delicious rich caramel on first sniff after covering. I get rye spices and a little fruitiness. Sweet syrup. This is a very nice, warm nose.
Oaky tannins, vanilla with some caramel. Less sweet, more spice on the palate than on the nose. Very rich mouth feel.
Quite long, lots of tannins.
The nose has less oak than the palate, but overall it’s a tasty, well-balanced whisky.
Score: 88.5 /100
I would probably describe this as a really good example of typical Canadian Whisky. Unlike Dissertation, Union 52 and Last Barrels, and to a lesser extent Legacy, this is more typical in the way it is created, only older.
This is excellent Canadian whisky. I would have loved to taste it at cask strength.
I can't see myself spending $200 for a bottle (and I have to admit being a little miffed at the 20% price hike over a single year), but it's a matter of priorities, and for those who can afford it and love this genre, I predict it will sell out quickly.