A Wiser Man Than Me Once Said…..

So to the final Batch of Canadian Whisky Samples , after the 31 previous one’s it down to the final 4 from J.P. Wiser’s……


J.P. Wiser’s Deluxe 40%

I’ve got what I think is an American bottling of this , it has “Imported” on the label and was bought at a UK retailer who I’ve heard gets his Canadian stock from the USA . So now to find out if it’s different from the one here http://thewhiskyodyssey.net/2014/08/22/4-more-canadian-whiskies/ . Virtually the same colour , the nose is more pronounced than the Imported one , there’s definitely more Rye there along with dried fruits and Vanilla . There is also a different profile to the palate , the imported is more ‘relaxed’ , there seems a bit more of a kick to this one (as much as a kick there can be for 40%….) , more spices and Butterscotch along with vanilla . The finish is quite long with rye , corn and spices .

Not a bad dram , a decent enough session whisky .

(Value Whisky of the Year Multi Market , 2014 Canadian Whisky Awards)

(Bronze Medal Winner , 2014 Canadian Whisky Awards)

J.P. Wiser’s Red Letter 2014 Release 45%

The Red Letter is aged for at least 10 years in American bourbon barrels and is then further mellowed by finishing in virgin white oak casks . The first thing that hit me on the nose was vanilla and Oak , then the finest highland toffee (the one with the Coo on….) , there’s Confectioners sugar (like in Bunnahabhains finest ) and a hint of citrus oil . This is  one of them noses you could sniff all night , great stuff ! Everytime you revisit it you pick up something else…… Best move on to the palate , Spicy toffee with oak , the virgin wood is noticeable here but adds to the whisky with a slight bitterness and doesn’t detract from it , the Rye is evident on the palate mixing in well with the spices and there’s a slight hint of bitter chocolate . The finish is medium , hot and spicy rye .

What a dram , the virgin oak gives it a beautiful twist , definitely one to put on the “to buy” list !

(Silver Medal Winner , 2014 Canadian Whisky Awards)

Wiser’s 18yo 40%

 Very closed nose , not a lot coming through , rye , saw dust , hint of Butterscotch . Can’t say the same about the palate , an absolute delight , Butterscotch rye and the saw dust again , spices and pepper , delicious ! The finish is long , peppery , sweet and has a nice woodiness to it .

 This is another cracking dram , the first 18yo I tried from Canada was the Gibson’s , this is on par with it but with an extra kick !

(Bronze Medal Winner , 2014 Canadian Whisky Awards)

Wiser’s Legacy 45%

Made from a select blend of Canadian Rye , Rye Malt and Barley Malt , the nose on this is fantastic , Apple Pie , Cinnamon and Custard , Rye Bread , Cloves and oak . The palate start off as finest Stewed apples then rye before moving on to fresh cut saw dust , finally there’s a pot pouri of spices . The finish is long , warming and wood spices .

What a cracking dram , one to add to the list of possible purchases !

(Bronze Medal Winner , 2014 Canadian Whisky Awards)

So what have i learned from this huge (for me) whisky tasting ? Well there’s a great variety of Whiskies from our friends across the pond (and slightly to the right from where i’m sitting….) , all of it is drinkable , Most of it is outstanding , i’ve discovered a love of Rye from our Commonwealth Brothers through this and previous Canadian tastings . I’ve also discovered i could serious break the bank and the Baggage allowance on our next trip over but i think i’ve narrowed it down….. a bit….. What’s the duty again when you come back into the UK ?

Stand out Drams….. 

Ninety – Two Decades of Richness 20yo 45%

Pike Creek 10yo 40%

Caribou Crossing Single Barrel 40%

Wiser’s Legacy 45%

J.P. Wiser’s Red Letter 2014 Release 45%

Forty Creek Copper Pot 43%

Masterson’s 10yo Rye 45%

Lot No.40 43% (2014 Batch)

Canadian Club Chairmans Reserve 100% Rye 40%

Highwood Canadian Rye Whisky 40%

Crown Royal XR – LaSalle 40%

A Good list to start off with…… But which is my Favourite of these 2014 Canadian Whiskies ?

Nose wise it’s just the Wiser’s Legacy just over the Lot No.40 and J.P. Wiser’s Red Letter !

Palate Wise it’s the J.P. Wiser’s Red Letter just over the Caribou Crossing!

So It’s the Red Letter ! It just has that certain something about it that makes it stand out .

A final big thank you to Davin de Kergommeaux for giving me the chance to try these wonderful Canadian Whiskies and for putting together a great resource site at CanadianWhisky.Org , Cheers Davin !



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