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@JasonHambreyReview by @JasonHambrey

18th Sep 2015

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Whisky has so many ties with brewing,- being, basically, distilled beer – that it’s really surprising that it’s taken so long for a major whisky producer to develop a hopped whisky. A number of small craft operation have added hops to their whisky – but this is the first large producer to put something out there.

Now the question is – is this whisky? Obviously, on the label, it is described as “Canadian Whisky”. from the Canadian Food and Drug Act B.02.020 the definition of Canadian Whisky, Canadian Rye Whisky, or Rye Whisky:

“(a) shall

(b) may contain caramel and flavouring.

(2) Subject to subsection (3), no person shall make any claim with respect to the age of Canadian whisky, other than for the period during which the whisky has been held in small wood.

(3) Where Canadian whisky has been aged in small wood for a period of at least three years, any period not exceeding six months during which that whisky was held in other containers may be claimed as age.”

So, yes, this is Canadian whisky – it does contain flavouring, and meets all the other requirements – however, I would contest one point. This is an interesting whisky, for sure, but I don’t it meets the most ambiguous of criteria – that it possesses the aroma, taste, and character of Canadian whisky – a criteria I never really liked because of its subjectivity. As one who has tried many Canadian whiskies, this one certainly is part Canadian whisky, but also part something else. So, in my book, it’s not Canadian whisky – however, this doesn’t have any impact on whether you should try this or not.

Nose: This smells as much – perhaps more – like a dark, caramel driven, oak aged beer – than a whisky. However – it is a fascinating interplay. The clear pine notes from the hops play off the lighter and dryer pine notes in the whisky ,and the rich caramel and malt plays off the vanilla in the whisky. Caramel corn. It’s an interesting, and good, nose – but not that deep. 83%

Taste: Quite murky and muddy at first, followed by some chocolate and coffee before the beery oak takes over in the end. Beer like notes seem to come in at the beginning and end of the palate, where the whisky briefly runs the show in the middle with some light rye. It has the complexity of a dark aged beer, with whisky in the mix. 85%

Finish: The whisky takes a firm grip with rye, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The finish is a touch bitter lightly spicy,nutty, with fairly long, light spice…some of the beany notes as seen in Wiser’s small batch is also around strongly. The finish is long – the hops certainly take their part in this whisky. Not a sweet finish; this one is unique. 83%

Conclusion: Really, it’s one you gotta try. It’s very beer driven and feels more beer-like than whisky like – but it is a breed which feels distinctly like both of them. Worth a try, aIMG_1935nd decent – but not a complex and huge whisky by any means. However, it is clear – this is an offering which is unique; crafted for connoisseurs and explorers of whisky and cocktails- not a sweet and fake flavorless mixer. The hops are an interesting twist…I can only imagine how many dimensions this has potential to add to (or take from!) whisky. 85%

Weighting the nose 25%, the palate 35%, the finish 15%, and the intrigue 20%, the overall score is 84. Looks like I like this one a lot more than @talexander....

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8 comments

@JasonHambrey
JasonHambrey commented

I've heard from most others less positive things about this whisky. For nothing else, intrigue value is high and I enjoyed it - and not a lot you have to burn through to try it out. I'll bring you a sample next week!

7 years ago 0

@paddockjudge
paddockjudge commented

I am looking forward to next week. That sample won't make it home. @Nozinan and I will test it, purely for research purposes.

7 years ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

Thank you kindly for including me...under normal circumstances I would join you in Grimsby...but the future of our nation is at stake... and I can't go anyway...

7 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

Hops are a very strong flavour influence. These hops-happy whiskies present that fact strongly.

The one I know best is Corsair's Rasputin. It is certianly interesting, but I am glad that it is my sister who paid for the bottle and not I.

7 years ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

Tried this at the Canadian Whisky Masterclass at SOT. Interesting, not stellar.

6 years ago 0

@paddockjudge
paddockjudge commented

Excellent whisky! Hoppy IPA nose and beautiful choc/coffee note. One of a kind. A 'must have' for any tasting.

6 years ago 0

@JasonHambrey
JasonHambrey commented

Yes, it's not incredible - but it is fun. I like that have a bottle around for others to taste...and it's cheap. I can bring a bottle to Barrie if interest is there

6 years ago 0

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