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J.P Wiser's Legacy

A Classy Canadian!

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@StevieCReview by @StevieC

8th Apr 2012


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I have read a number of peer reviews online, and on this site about Wiser's Legacy. An award winner at both the World Whisky Awards and the Canadian Whisky Awards.

Looking at the colour and alcohol content (45%), I was expecting a Canadian whisky full of spice and flavour. Boy, was I ever right! This had better character, body, and roundedness than the previous tasting I did with Canadian Club 20 YR. It is quite evident that Wiser's Legacy is a fairly young whisky, but it surely offers different flavours not typically found in your standard Canadian whiskies. It started off good, but my outlook quicky changed. Here are my thoughts about tasting the Legacy.

Colour: dark bronze, amber.

Nose: soft/slight scent of toffee, oak, and bitters (smells similar to Campari or an Amaro), fresh and citrusy zest.

Palate: light-medium bodied, lots of spice at mid-palate. I picked up lots of
spearmint/mint, oaky. Fairly smooth.

Finish: short finish. Yet spice and pepper
linger at the back of the throat.

Overall,I was a little disapponted with this whisky. Points are given to the classy bottling and higher ABV. The whisky starts off good, and, although it is smooth and spicy, the finish is short lived, and the minty taste is a bit too much. I have never tasted a whisky like this before. I am a bit confused. Perhaps it will take a few more visits before I can fully appreciate what it has to offer.

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