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@VictorReview by @Victor

15th Jul 2011

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  • Nose
    25
  • Taste
    24
  • Finish
    23
  • Balance
    24
  • Overall
    96

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The Wiser's whiskies are distilled at the Hiram Walker & Sons Distillery in Windsor, Ontario. Wiser's Legacy is labeled "Copper Pot Distilled" and has no age statement on the bottle.

Nose: fragrant rich sweet maple and sweet oak, vanilla, a little caramel, and lots of rye spice. I smell here a slight undercurrent of a combination of bitter and sweet orange as well. This is a very beautiful nose, similar to the nose of a 15+ year old Willett bourbon.

Taste: sweet maple with enormous amounts of balancing rye spices. This is phenomenally smooth and delicious. Luxurious.

Finish: the rye spice flavours exit a little before the wood flavours, which last quite long.

Balance: this is an "old school" style Canadian whisky, with lots of rye and no noticeable trace of anything artificial, chemical, or of any sweet additives. I love it. It is to date, by far, my favourite Canadian whisky. I am in complete agreement with Jim Murray's most eloquent 2011 Whisky Bible comment on Wiser's Legacy: "...I was seduced like a 16-year-old virgin shoolboy in the hands of a 30-year-old vixen." Me too, Jim.

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11 comments

@jdcook
jdcook commented

...added to the wishlist - that sounds brilliant!

7 years ago 0

@Requiem
Requiem commented

You're right, Victor: there really is little if any relation between Small Batch, which I still love, and Legacy. I tried Legacy yesterday for the first time and was, simply put, awed. It is utterly magnificent, a true treat, and the best Canadian whisky I have ever had. It's actually, for me, right up there on the world's pedestal of great whiskies.

7 years ago 0

@dbk
dbk commented

Agreed, @Requiem, this is great stuff! If you're exploring the high end of Canadian whisky, you might also want to take a look at what Forty Creek has to offer, especially the Confederation Oak Reserve and the soon-to-be-released John's Private Cask NÂș1.

7 years ago 0

@Requiem
Requiem commented

@dbk: I bought a bottle of Barrel Select FC years ago and thought it was okay; then I tried the Three Grain, which I liked better--the sweet corn finish was solid.

I've read lots of positive reviews of FC, so might give them a look, even though they're a little pricey. Are they really that good? I'm hesitant because I'm afraid of the hype. Fifty bucks for Legacy is a value to me as it's world-class stuff, but the FC at $60 and $70, I don't know.

I did read the phenomenal review of John's PC1 over at canadianwhisky.org and thought that I might have to try this annual beauty.

7 years ago 0

@dbk
dbk commented

@Requiem, I've reviewed all current releases on Connosr (I'm waiting to open my bottle of the Port Wood and for John's Private Cask to be released), so you can read my thoughts on them via my profile page, or just search for them. The long and the short of it, however, is that the Confederation Oak is currently my favourite Canadian whisky. To me, it is absolutely in the same league as Wiser's Legacy (which is a steal, without a doubt!), and at least worth a try. Not everyone enjoys the Forty Creek profile equally, but I believe their high-end expressions to be excellent, hype or no hype.

7 years ago 0

@Requiem
Requiem commented

@dbk: Okay, I'm looking forward to sifting through your reviews and to see what you think of the latest Private Cask--maybe then I'll dive in. I guess it's high time I retried FC.

7 years ago 0

@talexander
talexander commented

Random note: the LCBO website states this would make "a delightful companion to roast duck". Someone try it!

7 years ago 0

@Abunadhman
Abunadhman commented

Thanks Victor for a wonderful and comprehensive review.

I look forward to tasting The Wiser's and if the Planets are in alignment when my oldest girl exits Vancouver, I'll do just that - I see that there is a 'Red Letter' edn. could it possibly be better?

Slainte!

jh.

5 years ago 0

@paddockjudge
paddockjudge commented

@A'bunadhman - I doubt that there could be a better Canadian than Legacy, except perhaps another expression of Legacy. The Red Letter is magnificent yet it is a very different whisky than Legacy; however, it is one of the few that I would accept as a worthy alternative....nuff said, you asked Victor.

5 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

@A'bunadhman, soon you should have your answer as to what your daughter has brought back for you from British Columbia. I missed this post of yours originally because I was at that time driving...to Canada. I agree completely with @paddockjudge in his comments above. Wiser's Legacy and Wiser's Red Letter are quite different, and both are excellent. Red Letter is also extremely difficult to find now, and costs three times ($ 150) as much as does Legacy.

5 years ago 0

@paddockjudge
paddockjudge commented

@A'bunadhman - perhaps you might receive the "Duty Free" one litre sized bottle:)

5 years ago 0

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