Hopefully this will give some direction to people interested in this whisky category and clear up a few things about Canadian whisky. If that doesn't interest you, the tasting of JD might amuse you.
The whiskies on the docket include:
Crown Royal Special Reserve
Forty Creek Barrel Select
Alberta Premium 100% Rye
Danfield’s Private Reserve
Tangle Ridge Rye
Gibson Finest 12
Canadian Club 12
Walker’s Special Old
You can find the reviews on The Art of Drink webiste.
Lawrence, are you writing the article for a magazine or website? I'd be interested in reading it when you are complete, so let me know where I can get a copy.
For those that are interested, the first review has been posted. This one is on Crown Royal.
I agree totally with Lawrence, Gibson's 12 and 18 and Wiser's 18 are very good Candian expressiions. I buy no other any more. Have only had Alberta Premium once or twice and was not in the right setting to really appreciate it, other than to have a beverage.
Forty Creek Barrel Select is my favorite Canadian whisky though some days I prefer Wiser's 18yo. Many prefer the Three Grain but I like the Barrel Select.
For a nice Canadian Rye Whisky (real rye whisky), Alberta Premium is very nice.
But I still say it tastes like witch hazel!
That's why the tasters like Dave Broom etc at WM taste each sample 3 times, just to be sure to be sure for sure. Once is simply not enough.
However on reflection I simply cannot remember what witch hazel tastes like.
I so happen to have been a witness to Mr. TH's unpleasant introduction to Alberta Premium and he indeed exclaimed "WITCH HAZEL" when we gathered together at the Victoria Whisky Festival. I was not too impressed either with Alberta Premium, but my tastebuds were swamped as we neared the end of a 14 whisky tasting session with Jim Murray. I am prepared to give it another try...it may be a lovely whisky to add to my summer list.
Wendy wrote:Soooo...what's the deal with you drinking witch hazel, Mr. TH?
Well, I was on Death Row once and was offered a last drink...but it was all a mistake.
According to my notes, AP was only number three on the list, following only Black Bush and Grant's. Gibson's 12 was after that, and also struck me as being quite astringent. The following five malts I found increasingly enjoyable--An Cnoc 12, Glenmorangie 10, Glenfiddich 18, Highland Park 18, and Benriach 20. Then two Bourbons, Buffalo Trace, and Knob Creek, which were not to my liking. I think these latter may have sent me over the edge in one way or another; I thought the following Six Isles was pretty good, but Ardbeg 10 and Lagavulin 12 were both horribly harsh. When Murray told us what each of those was, I thought he'd made a mistake. But I was just overloaded, possibly in more ways than one.
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