||Wheat, Rye, & Corn, Whiskies|
|Distiller||Hiram Walker (Windsor, Ontario)|
This whisky is named after Little Trinity church in Toronto, which William Gooderham established for his workers. It is 17 years old, and in the brand style of Gooderham & Worts, is all about the blending of different grains together - this time a three grain, rather than a four grain, blend. It's part of the impressive Northern Border collection, an annual release. Limited quantities, and a bargain price.
Batch: 2017 NBC
Bottling Code: N/A
Bottling Date: 2017
What a nice whisky! The nose has caramel, rich corn, green apple, light rye, toffee, vanilla, cedar, oak, honey, dried apricot, cinnamon, and caraway. The palate has terrific feel – oak, menthol, cedar, oak, blueberry – but there is a growing glow of juniper and spices towards a buttery, tannic (but not bitter) finish that has lots of spice and rich grain notes. I’m surprised how much juniper there is in this! Developing, and tells a story with different notes coming out at different times.
How does it compare, though? The standard Gooderham & Worts has more rye (by taste), and it is nothing short of a fabulous blend. I love it. This is terrific – but very different. A lot more wood interaction, and so the focus shifts – old is not necessarily better. But, I rate them the same. Good, in different ways. Thrilled this is in Canada.
Highly Recommended (48% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).
Value: Average. This is cheap ($80) for a 17 year old whisky, but I don’t quite like the taste enough to push it in a higher value category given the taste.