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J.P Wiser's Double Still Rye

It's Still Rye, But Doubly So

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@talexanderReview by @talexander

21st Oct 2015


J.P Wiser's Double Still Rye
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Corby Distillers seems to be pushing out new products at a very quick rate these days - they are really giving Forty Creek a run for their money. This one is a blend of two whiskies: one distilled in a copper pot still, the other in a continuous still. This seems to be Wiser's answer to Forty Creek's Copper Pot, which I believe has the same production method. I don't think it is 100% rye as nowhere does it indicate that.

The colour is a medium amber. Somewhat floral on the nose, with apricot, vanilla, light caramel and some rye spice in the background. Herbal. Grain silo. A little shy on the nose, but it's a freshly opened bottle so could need more time....ah yes it does open up nicely - floral and fruity, with a gentle toffee sweetness and a bit of spice. Water dampens things a bit, but nevertheless this is very good.

On the palate there is a kick you don't usually get with standard Canadian whiskies - could be the higher ABV, could be the upfront spiciness from the pot still. The sweetness of toffee and vanilla is put in check by the spice, oak and earthy notes. Some wood polish, and for some reason I have HP Sauce stuck in my head (if anyone can taste this whisky and comment on that particular note, I'd appreciate it). Spicier with water - very rich and full-bodied.

The finish is mouth drying, chalky (in a good way) with oak, savoury herbs and umami. While this is nothing revolutionary or game-changing, it is a very solid, well-structured, delicious and classically Canadian whisky. Very full-bodied, and the higher ABV is a nice touch. With the exception of the flavoured whiskies, Wiser's (plus Corby products like Lot 40 and Pike Creek) are batting a thousand with consistently strong bottlings. Given the very disappointing products we've been getting from Forty Creek lately, it looks like Don Livermore is quickly replacing John Hall as the face of great Canadian whisky.

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paddockjudge commented

@talexander, thank you for a spot on review. Dr. Livermore is doing some wonderful things with grain and wood as is demonstrated by this particular release. We are indeed fortunate to have access to great whisky from Wiser's/Corby's...Diageo, ADL/Beam Suntory, pay attention!

8 years ago 0

Nozinan commented

If he keeps this up he'll be Don Liverless... or at least the rest of us will be...

8 years ago 1Who liked this?

talexander commented

@Nozinan - HA - my Edgar Allen Poe thought earlier tonight was Don Liver-no-more!

8 years ago 1Who liked this?

paddockjudge commented

@talexander, I know where you are coming from with the HP sauce note. New wood influence and the floral elements from the column still rye have twisted the oaky notes into an umami-bomb: tomato juice, clamato juice, cured ham, call it what you want.

I'm not gonna answer your question until the next epic session.

8 years ago 0

JasonHambrey commented

You liked this more than I did - but I did certainly like it. Good to see some decent new releases coming out this year in Canada, many of which are embracing rye.

I should put up my notes then too.

8 years ago 0

Megawatt commented

Great whisky. I found it average-tasting and a little harsh straight up, but with water or ice it opens up wonderfully and serves as a cheaper, less intense Lot No. 40.

8 years ago 0