Review: Wiser's Special Blend Canadian Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

Distiller Hiram Walker (Windsor, Ontario)

The bottom of the line for Wiser's in Canada - in price and in quality. The first time I tried this, I bought it on accident meaning to pick up a bottle of Wiser's Small Batch - a definite mistake.

Review (2014)

  • Batch: N/A
  • Bottling Code: N/A
  • Bottling Date: 2013

Nose: fresh wood, hints of vanilla, and a slightly sour, meaty aroma arising due to the corn with a bit of rye spice. Unbalanced and not great.

Taste: Light to medium bodied with some rye spice, vanilla, and sour corn. There’s a bit of a burn as it goes down…it’s simple, with corn providing the background flavours and rye the forefront flavours. There’s a bit of fruit as well – plums or cherries, perhaps, carried by the sweetness. It dies down with some spice with a bit of bitter rye. Some of the sweetness coming off the nose is a bit rum-like.

Finish: The taste kind of collapses in mouth and then carries on into a not altogether pleasant aftertaste – a bit of bitterness and some woody notes which remind me of casks which have gone past their usable life. Seems to sort of tease you into hoping an aftertaste might come which never does. A bit of a short finish, with a bit of fruity sweetness to it as well.

Wiser’s describes it as an “approachable” Canadian, but I would disagree in that the strong rye is a bit too harsh, I would think, for a beginner.

Score: 71/100

Value: 71/100 (based on $26)