Review: Ensign Red Canadian Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

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ABV
40%
Aging
N/A
Recipe
N/A
Distiller N/A (Canada)

A bottling for Total wines, expertly blended by one of the „most lauded” Master Blenders in North America, though how lauded we don’t know, since they don’t give a name (therefore, can’t be too lauded?). Or maybe contract blended by someone else and they can’t for the sake of industry secrets...it looks like it comes in a Barton 1792 bottle, so I wonder if it is coming from Sazerac (and therefore perhaps Drew Mayville blended it?).


Review (2017)

  • Batch: N/A
  • Bottling Code: B1603508407
  • Bottling Date: 2016

The nose is full of pine, and is slightly bitter, with some orange peel, clove, apple juice (unfiltered), and prune. Ever so slightly sour and nutty, too. The palate is lightly sweet and rich – rich grain notes I didn’t expect from the nose. Still lots of pine, orange peel, and there’s some white grape. We have a finish that is slightly bitter, still with a bit of pine, cacao nibs, and spice. Too bitter on the finish.

A bit of an unimaginative Canadian...

Score: 75/100

Value: 61/100 (based on $35)