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Wiser's De Luxe

Easydrinking Everyday Canadian

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@VictorReview by @Victor

29th Jun 2011

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  • Nose
    19
  • Taste
    19
  • Finish
    18
  • Balance
    19
  • Overall
    75

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The Wiser's whiskies are currently distilled at the Hiram Walker & Sons Distillery in Windsor, Ontario. Wiser's De Luxe is the most common, widespread, and 'standard' of the products in the Wiser's line. Wiser's brand also includes Wiser's Special Blend, Wiser's Small Batch, Wiser's Legacy, and Wiser's 18 yo. Hiram Walker also distills, among other products, the family of Canadian Club whiskies, which descended from Walker's original whisky, which had been named Walker's Club Whisky

Nose: mild intensity sweetness with a touch of wine and fruit

Taste: mild sweet sherry-wine, caramel, light and easy. Wiser's De Luxe demonstrates the classic quintessential generic blended Canadian whisky flavours. This is pleasant and understated, with very little definition to the flavours, and very little noticeable flavour deriving from wood aging

Finish: the sweet wine-caramel flavour profile continues a medium length of time in a consistent way

Balance: This is a pleasant easy-drinking whisky which is just fine if sweet, fruity, and non-demanding are what you are looking for. Don't expect finesse, complexity, or well-defined flavours here. This would make a good mixer, in which case the fuzziness of the flavours would actually be an advantage

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12 comments

@talexander
talexander commented

I agree it is a nice easy everyday whisky - if you like this, I suggest the Wiser's Small Batch - similar profile but more robust.

9 years ago 0

@JasonHambrey
JasonHambrey commented

Nice review! Interesting all the notes about all the wine - i don't remember those. I'll have to try looking for them if i taste this again

4 years ago 0

@JasonHambrey
JasonHambrey commented

And yes, wiser's small batch is a big notch up

4 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

@JasonHambrey, good to hear from you!

I think that Wiser's Deluxe is actually underrated. In the right mood, Deluxe is quite satisfying, and could certainly rate a good bit higher than 75 points.

Old posts and reviews of mine will reveal that the only bottle of Wiser's Small Batch which I owned I disliked intensely. I am always willing to taste from another batch, though, to see if it is different. I reviewed 30+ Canadian whiskies, mostly 5 to 6 years ago, before the more recent very active Canadian Connosr contingent consistently continued to contribute.

4 years ago 0

@talexander
talexander commented

@JasonHambrey I don't recall the wine notes either...next time, I'll have to concentrate and see if I can spot them.

4 years ago 0

@talexander
talexander commented

@Victor I agree it's underrated. I remember liking the Small Batch better, but I don't really buy it often, whereas I do buy the Deluxe occasionally. At Spirit of Toronto we tasted the Wiser's 35 Year Old, which will be released in the fall (not sure how many bottles the US will be getting) and it is excellent.

4 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

J.P. Wiser's is certainly capable of putting out some excellent whiskies. I remain a huge fan of Legacy and Red Letter.

4 years ago 0

@paddockjudge
paddockjudge commented

@talexander, I agree with your assessment of the Wiser's 35 YO, it is excellent. I tired it a couple of years back when it was touted as "thirty years old" and was absolutely blown away by it.

4 years ago 0

@talexander
talexander commented

@paddockjudge But I really loved the G&W 17 and the Lot 40 Cask Strength. Those were my favourites of the class.

4 years ago 1Who liked this?

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@talexander those 2 were my favourites as well, I would try to get them if the opportunity arises, though the paucity of bottles makes pessimistic.

4 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

My money is on the @paddockjudge picking up 3 or 4 bottles of the Wiser's 35 yo. Knowing him, it could happen before September.

4 years ago 1Who liked this?

@Victor
Victor commented

On the subject of dark fruitiness, some dark fruitiness tastes like it derives from rye grain and some tastes like it derives from grape-wine. In the case of Wiser's Deluxe the fruity flavours have always seemed to me much more like a few wine casks were thrown into the mix rather than that they came from rye grain. Indeed, taste it again and draw your own conclusions.

4 years ago 0

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