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...

May 18, 2014

Stalk and Barrel Cask #5...

Stalk and Barrel Cask #5 (60.3%): I know it's been a while since I posted my last review but every year May is being a perfect storm for me. A lot of deadlines to meet, end of the spring semester and the height of spring allergy season... Anyway, I am back and believe or not with another sample from the #DavinTT2 Canadian Whisky prize basket. This one is a single malt from Still Waters Distillery. You can find my notes about their 1+11 and Cask#3 releases back from August'13 here on tire-bouchon as well. It is aged entirely in ex-bourbon barrels. Color: Bright, polished yellow gold. Like an oak aged Chardonnay. Nose: Citrusy: Lemon zest, kumquats and clementine. Spruce needles and rosemary. Crystallized ginger and acetone. Adding water helps to get some sweet notes like pine honey and sour worms candy. That acetone/nail polish remover smell is still pretty much dominating the whole scene though. Palate: Oops... Shouldn't taste it without water: Massive burn on the tongue. All I could taste was lemon cologne after a few seconds. Let's have a break... Even adding quite an amount of water it is still pretty hot on the palate. Pine cones, saw dust, a little burnt ginger candy and grilled green banana peppers. Hot stuff... Finish: Mostly recovering slowly from the massive alcohol burn on the palate. Cracked black pepper corns and lemon zest. Overall: For some reason I was expecting a more mature spirit than the other Still Waters releases. It is very harsh and still very young. Cask#3 was definitely more enjoyable... This one tastes almost like a cask sample. I wonder why they decided not to wait and bottled it. Definitely not for the faint hearted.