May 24, 2014

Century Reserve Lot 15/25...

Century Reserve Lot 15/25 (40.0%): This is my third Highwood Distillers sample on tire-bouchon. I basically liked the earlier ones, especially the Ninety 20yo. and I am looking forward to taste the Lot 15/25. The spirit is a blend of whiskies from a range of 15 to 25 years old originated from stocks of Potters and Seagram distilleries. Color: Clear yellow gold. Sauvignon Blanc. Nose: Rye..! Newly built and just sanded cedar furniture, thick electrical rubber gloves, inner tube and acetone. Artificial vanilla extract, flat cream soda, table saw shavings and caramel scented cough drops. A few drops of water pulled the nail polish remover (acetone) aromas closer to the surface. I should dislike it but enjoying it very much in a weird way. Palate: Cracked tri-colored peppercorns, wet hard wood, ground ginger and cloves. It is very vibrant despite its age but in a good way. It's not harsh and very creamy on the tongue. Warm rye cookies, vanilla bean scrapings and nutmeg. Adding water works like a miracle: all the flavors I listed above are in harmony and balance now, much better. Finish: Pretty long... Fruity but salty and bitter at the same time. Blackberries, dried dark cherries and sea salt. Overall: I really liked it. Everything I would like to see in a well but not over aged Canadian whisky: Rye dominance, competing spices, dark fruits and balance. Great summer afternoon whisky. I wish I had a bottle to sip with a cube of ice in the glass in coming months for backyard barbecues. It wouldn't last long though...