Stalk and Barrel Cask #70...

Stalk and Barrel Cask #70 (46.0%): Gosh, I am late for this one... Last sample left from the world whiskies blind tasting led by Raj Sabharwal I attended all the way back in September. It is a single cask Canadian single malt whisky distilled by Still Waters Distillery and matured in ex-bourbon barrels. I already had casks #5 and #3 reviewed on the blog some time ago and now let's see how this one will compare.

Color: Yellow gold, oaked Chardonnay with thin legs around the glass.

Nose: Over-brewed green tea, sage leaves, ground ginger and old school, thick, woolen sweaters. Kumquat, dry malt, old newspapers and hint of white pepper. A walk at a sheep farm in a cold winter morning, fireplace and cheap cardboard boxes. Dusty and musty...

Palate: Young... Lightly toasted mini barrel matured whisky notes and young grappa. It actually does taste exactly like a northeastern American single malt whisky. Bright and very dominant soft wood, freshly squeezed lemon juice and crushed red pepper flakes... Saw dust, ginger and turmeric.

Finish: More wood... Pine, spruce, fir... White and red peppercorns. Kinda short.

Overall: I have to admit that in years this taste profile started to grow in me... Like everybody else first I had reservations about this woody, piney and peppery new American/Canadian style of craft malt whiskies but if it is done right it works I guess. It is a very good late fall, winter whisky... Throughout the whole tasting I dreamt of foileage, walk in the woods, crackling fireplaces, watching snow flakes falling and Christmas. Yes, it is young and kinda restless and yes, I wish it was priced better but I liked it...

Price: $65