Danfield’s Limited Edition, 21 years old, 40%

The third whisky in the Canadian whisky tasting and book review, on the interwebs lovingly known as #DavinTT. I missed this one since I was out with friends for the weekend and it took me over a month to get around to it. Getting around to it, in this case meaning ‘remember that I still had one left’.

I had to dig through the archives of Twitter to find which whisky it was since the search function works well if it’s not too long ago. Over two months in Twitter time is prehistoric.

Anyway, I had no guidance in tasting this one and no hints and suggestions of scents and flavours while sipping this so the notes will be a bit more concise.

Danfield's Limited Edition, 21yo, 40%

Danfield’s Limited Edition, 21yo, 40%

It’s very sweet with corn syrup, honey flavoured liquorice and something crisp in the background. There’s rye and mint, but mostly rye, in there too. Green coffee beans and strawberry lemonade.

Soft and buttery, thick and sweet. There’s spicy rye too, with a hint of pepper. The crisp hints that I found on the nose are not present here. Syrupy stuff.

The rye notes start kicking in here, bigtime. The strawberry syrup is back too. It doesn’t last too long.

So, what did I think of this one? A nice whisky, but not a new favourite. There are a lot of bourbon like flavours in here but without the depth and I think the palate doesn’t offer enough complexity to keep me entertained for long. A bummer, since the nose was quite promising.

Danfield’s Limited Edition, 21 year old, 40%. $ 50 ?!?!?

What I find of Canadian whisky in general? It’s a bit strange because it does have lots of strong rye notes, but quite different from the way the USA do rye. In the Canadian version there usually is a grainy, spicy rye with a touch of candy sweetness in there somewhere. It’s entertaining and I’m sure there is some good stuff out there. This tasting has proven that. It is, however, not my new favourite style or even something I will search for more often.

I would love to thank Johanne McInnis for hosting this kick-ass project, and Davin de Kergommeaux for writing one of the best whisky books I’ve recently read on the matter. The project was terrific and I regret not being part of the third tasting. I find it incredibly generous (or you might say Canadian) to spread out these whiskies all across the globe. The not-so-Canadian thing is, however, that this kind of stuff is not available outside the country and they keep everything for themselves. Bummer, since it usually is quite affordable and there’s a lot to discover!

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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