Is the small batch reserve a limited bottling?
I have quite a different impression of the J.K. Hall Small Batch Reserve than the other posters. At the end of the day, personal preferences have the final say which makes this hobby very interesting. However, Velocci, I would encourage you to give the whisky another go. You may find that you just don't like it. But, it is hard to imagine (although, I could be wrong) that it is a tainted bottle considering it is from a small batch of only 6000 bottles. Unless, of course, your cork was damaged when you opened up it up. And, YES, Knolly it is a limited edition. The last I heard, in Canada, it is sold only in Ontario and some States - Texas comes to mind.
I poured myself a dram last night and, well, sweet, oui...one dimensional, non.
Colour: golden auburn
Nose: sweet biscuit, mixed nuts, spice, gentle oak
Taste: peanut brittle, bourboney spice, rye -soft edges, simple syrup, buttery sweet roasted corn
Finish: lingering spicey and roasted nut ending
I have on other occasions tasted toffee-chocolate, but that wasn't coming through last night. The rye is quite gentle, but it doesn't roll over either. That is why I have described it in the context of "soft edges".
We do have some 40 creek available but not that in the LC, here.
Started considering the US offerings for a future purchase, so I took a gander today and other than JB, JD and another common American rye there was nothing else to pique my interest. No Blantons, no Sazerac, no Elmer T. Disappointingly slim pickins' in the American stable of enjoyable drams.
I forgot to ask, and to get this thread back on track , have you sampled the JK Hall Small Batch Reserve? Last September, when it was released in Ontario, Harry and I spent the day at Forty Creeks distillery going on a tour and picking up our orders. Our bottles were preordered and part of the fun was that we could pick our number sequence. The Lot number is 104 which John Hall chose because it represented the birthday month and day of his two grandchildren, something like: tenth month, fourth day; and, in reverse fourth month, tenth day. I thought that was a lovely personal touch.
Sadly, I've not had the opportunity to try the John Hall Sma' batch reserve as yet. I could probably arange to have one shipped up here through the local LC, 'though. This week I'm headed to Winnipeg for the Brier so will check at Grant Park MLCC for a sample or two, if it's there.
Kicking myself for not going to the winery/distillery when I was in St Catherines a year or so back. I was a lot closer then than I am now.
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