Aug 18, 2013

Canadian Whisky Tasting with Davin de Kergommeaux (Part II)...

Continuing the Canadian Whisky Tasting hosted by Whisky RI and moderated by Davin de Kergommeaux from where we left off (click here for Part I) :


Pike Creek Double Barreled (40.0%): Distilled in small copper column stills, aged in ex-bourbon barrels and finished in vintage port pipes. Color: Shiny copper with a rose hue. Beautiful color... Nose: Sour cherries, milk chocolate with roasted hazelnuts and dried cranberries. Palate: Port..! Black grapes and cranberry juice. Ginger dust, cherry pie and cacao. Fantastic... Finish: Long but subtle with dried cherries. Overall: Loved it... Very different, juicy and yummy.

Alberta Premium Dark Horse (45.0%): A mix of 12 year old and 6 year old rye whiskies, a small amount of aged corn whisky and 1% of sherry added on top. Color: Dark amber. Nose: A fruit bowl with ripe bartlett pears, nectarines and strawberries. I nose a good amount of green gummy bears, Italian tutti-frutti cookies and memories of fruit scented erasers. Palate: Fruit genever, liquorice, rose flavored Turkish delight and hint of nail polish remover. Finish: Long with black pepper. Overall: Great after dinner dram... Complex and multi-layered.

Wiser's Legacy (45.0%): Distilled from a rye rich blend matured in toasted, not charred barrels. Color: Polished copper. Nose: German rye bread, zante currants and medicine cabinet. Palate: Bitter rye, rye IPA, freshly ground pepper mix, hard ginger candy and heavily burnt caramel. Finish: Not long but with pepper and oak notes. Overall: Exactly what I expected; not less, not more. Another big butch satisfying whisky from Wiser's.

Lot No. 40 Single Copper Pot Still 2012 release (43.0%): Resurrection of the famous Lot No. 40 which is lost almost a decade ago. Color: Dark amber, clover honey. Nose: Very perfumy. Blueberries, pumpernickel bread and damp compost rich garden soil. Palate: Warm rye bread, cooked raisins, star anise, cloves, all spice and toasted oak. Finish: Medium long with burnt sugar spiciness. Overall: Beautifully balanced and powerful. I would love to have a bottle at home.

Great tasting... At the and I think my top three were Pike Creek Double Barreled, Alberta Premium Dark Horse and Lot No. 40 (not necessarily in this order). Many thanks again to Thom Mitchell of Whisky RI and Davin de Kergommeaux for an awesome night of whisky...