I’m happy to say i’m a fan of Canadian Whisky , even before “The Man in the Hat” declared one the Worlds Best Whisky of 2016 , though i have to say that particular brand doesn’t come near the top of my favourite Canadian Whiskies……..
Gooderham and Worts was a distillery in Toronto that shut down in 1990 after over 150 years of production , in 2001 the property was purchased by a development company and was turned into a tourism area that is now known as the Distillery District which includes Arts and Craft shops , and Cafes and Restaurants . We can thoroughly recommend the Pure Spirits Oyster House and Grill as somewhere to have a great meal and if you go out to the rear of the restaurant you’ll find a rather interesting collection of Spirit samples from the Distilleries past……..
The Godderham and Worts name has passed through a few ownerships (including Hiram Walker and Allied Lyons) and is now part of the Corby Distillers group owned by Pernod Ricard and based in Windsor , Ontario which also includes the fine Canadian whiskies such as Wiser’s ( 18 , Red Letter , Legacy to name a few) , Pike Creek and Lot No.40 .
Gooderham & Worts Four Grain , as the name would imply , consists of spirit made from Four Grains ( Corn , Barley , Wheat and Rye) , Bottled at 44.4% abv , this one is from Blend A.A1129 (whatever that means….) . A lovely Golden Syrup colour in the glass , The initial nose is of Rye , there seems to be quite a lot of Vanilla as well , Butterscotch toffee follows , a nice whiff of fresh bread and wood spices . It has a lovely complex nose , a bit of fruitiness rises from time to time . On the palate we again have an abundance of Rye alongside Butterscotch , a wonderful spiciness with a touch of Maple Syrup, very warming on the palate . The finish is medium to long with Rye , Barley and spices .
An absolutely wonderful dram , just what i’d ask of a Canadian Whisky , have to say if this was readily available here , this would be a regular on my whisky shelf .
I’d like to thank a good friend of mine in Toronto for sending me this bottle and giving me the chance to try it , Paul (@MarkhamWhisky) you are a Superstar !