Review: Wiser's Wheatfield Gold Canadian Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

Image courtesy of Corby Wine & Spirits

Image courtesy of Corby Wine & Spirits

Refill casks, Virgin oak casks
Corn, Wheat, and Rye whiskies
Distiller Hiram Walker (Windsor, Ontario)

This whisky is an exclusive for Manitoba for the 150th anniversary of the province and is made from a mix of corn, wheat, and rye whiskies - base corn whisky (double distilled) with pot distilled rye malt, pot distilled red winter wheat, and matured in a mixture of used and new oak casks. The blend is focused a bit on wheat given all the wheat grown in Manitoba (about 40% of Manitoba’s crops are wheat). It’s another of a long line of unique whiskies that Wiser’s has been giving us over the past few years - they’ve really flexed their muscles showing the diversity of Canadian whisky, given the multiple types of stills, casks, and grains that we use in Canada.

Review (2020)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2019

Fairly soft, straightforward, light and sweet...very Canadian. The nose has a nice oaky characteristic, spice, and some grain too – wheat, indeed, is present here. The palate has baking spice, charred oak, maple, touches of dried fruit, and a nice tannic finish. Bean sprouts, spices, dried fruit, orange peel, and some raisins on the finish. Nice sharp spices, too. There is a really nice thread of complexity – a bit waxy – in the middle. Extremely drinkable, it’s one of those whiskies that leaves you wanting another one.

Recommended (82% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average, at $65.