One of the first Canadian whiskies I’ve ever tried and only the second review of one on the blog. The first one was a not so great Crown Royal Original. Now another one originally from Corby Distillers that started in Corbyville, but is now distilled by Hiram Walker Distillery in Windsor Ontario.
There isn’t much info about the whisky to be found immediately but I know (from Davin’s post) they stopped making it in the early 21st century and last year saw the re-release of it.
I tasted this whisky as part of a four week ‘program’ in which we do a Twitter Tasting of one whisky every week. That tasting (on Sunday at 9 pm CET) starts with a discussion of Davin de Kergommeaux’ book ‘Canadian Whisky‘. The writer himself does a quick Q&A before we taste the whisky. Yesterday was the first of those sessions and it started with a barrage of questions on processes, grain selection and brand consistency.
The whisky has a scent of really thick and creamy rye, sweet and spicy. It does have a bit of an oriental feel to it because of those spices and the sweetness. It’s incredibly rich, but slightly one dimensional before you add water. There’s sawdust, buttery popcorn and a hint of donuts. With water you get a more layered scent with something floral and more fruity in it.
Sweet and velvety. Rich and peppery. Light and rye-y. I can go on for a while. There’s a fruitiness in it that’s also thick with things like mango and papaya. Syrupy and a little acidic. It again has that popcorn and butter thing going on. Clove and cinnamon too for spiciness.
A not too long finish that is a bit sharper than I expected with pepper, a hint of salted licorice. Slightly fruity too with baked apple and cinnamon.
It turns out this whisky was Lot No. 40, the re released version from 2012, bottled at 43%. Apparently the whisky involved is mostly 7 to 8 years old with some older ones and younger ones for the bigger flavours. I don’t know how the ages are spread over the base and flavouring whiskies.
A rather nice dram made out of 100% rye (of which 10% is malted). It has a very rich feel that is quite appealing. I did find the buttery popcorn note something to get used to and it didn’t appeal right away. But, all in all a nice dram that has something to offer if you want to look for it and toy around with a drop of water.
Lot No. 40, Hiram Walker Distillery, 43%, 2012 release. Not found in Europe but should be around € 35.
The project is hosted by Johanne McInnis who spread the samples so a lot of thanks to her. Tune in next week on Sunday at 9pm under the #DavinTT hashtag for the next discussion!