Review: Gooderham & Worts 17 Year Old Little Trinity Canadian Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

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17 Years
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.

Review (2017)

  • 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.