Hiram Walker Master Blender Don Livermore is not only responsible for the Wiser's line of whiskies, but also Corby's other brands such as Gooderham & Worts, Pike Creek and Lot 40. While still working as a distiller, he completed his Ph.D. in 2012, which was about how whisky interacts with the wood of various barrel types. His Dissertation bottling (how it is actually related to his Ph.D is a mystery) is matured in new virgin oak barrels. There is no age statement or any other more specific information on the label (hopefully there was more information on his actual dissertation...)
The colour is a reddish, coppery amber. On the nose it's big rye spice and wood smoke, with mint, red apple skins, dark honey and maple sugar. It's very rich in thick caramel and vanilla pods. Beef bovril. Sriracha? Hm maybe, maybe not... but the dominant notes here are certainly rye, spice and oak. Water bring out more spices, plus dark chocolate! Rich and beautiful.
On the palate - wow - huge spices (including rye, cinnamon, cayenne and paprika) with rich caramel, vanilla and charred oak. Maple-walnut. Brown butter. Water brings out a lot more rye notes. Extremely rich and complex.
The finish is medium-length with oak, cereal and a hint of maple. Quite simply one of the best Canadians I've ever had. Although the finish is a little lesser than the other senses, this is still an extremely finessed balance between the spice, rye and oak. This remains an excellent example of why Livermore is not only the best blender in Canada, but one of the best in the world. Winner of the World Whisky Award this year for Best Blended Whisky (Limited Release) in the World.