Review: J.P. Wiser’s Alumni Series Dave Keon Canadian Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

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14 Years; Refill, Ex-Bourbon and Virgin Oak, and Speyside Malt Casks
Blend of Corn, rye, and malt whiskies
Distiller Hiram Walker (Windsor, Ontario)

This whisky - another of the alumni series - sets out to honour Dave Keon - aged 14 years in honour of his jerset number 14. Bottled at 45%, also, as a nod to Keon’s 45-point first season. It’s a mix of single column distilled rye, column and pot-distilled rye, single column distilled malt, and double distilled corn. And, it’s aged in 4 different casks (one for each of Keon’s cup wins)- reused Canadian whisky casks, ex-bourbon casks, new white oak casks, and Speyside malt casks. It will launch in Ontario as early as next month, but release date is still not certain. As with the other alumni series releases, 50% of the profits go to support hockey initiatives and the retired player community.

So, how does it taste?…

Review (2019)

  • Batch: 2019-2020

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2019

Now I really like this! What a nice nose – rich wood notes, dried fruit, spices, old mossy oak (a bit bourbon-y), lilacs, roses, vanilla, clove, and dried apricot. The palate is sumptuous. A nice, thick body with a really nice set of flavours – black tea, lilac, molasses, dried apricot, prunes, red currants, rose, anise – it is just delicious! The feel of the palate, too, is great – nicely structured with tingling spices and drying tannins. The finish has lots of dried fruit, oak, rose, floral rye, hazelnut oil, and apple seeds.

This is a really nice blend. Just terrific. My second favourite of the Alumni series so far – behind Clark – but this is just a really nice whisky and it sits at a great price. Go try some, when it comes around.

Highly Recommended (48% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Very high. Great stuff for $45!