Review: Collingwood The Town Collection Double Barreled Canadian Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

Once used oak, finished in Virgin Oak, then finished with toasted maple staves
Distiller Canadian Mist (Collingwood, Ontario)

This is an interesting whisky! The whisky is finished in virgin oak (heavily toasted, lightly charred) after initial maturation in once used oak, and then put into a stainless steel vat with toasted maplewood. It's unique - the only whisky which undergoes such a process, and then bottled at 45% and has been put forth as a limited release. Collingwood last did this with their impressive 21 year old rye.

Review (2017)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: L192711402

  • Bottling Date: 2017

Insanely floral – this whisky is often described jokingly as a cologne bottle, but there is a serious nose here – full of roses. It’s remarkable. Dried rose, rosehip, dried rosebushes, daisies, oak, coconut, prune, corn husks and wet earth. The palate is woody, but still with lots of floral notes and fruit – but there is some terrific underlying rye and vegetal aspects underneath. Fascinating. The finish is light, with more oak, floral notes, and underlying vegetal spice. Great dried fruit development on the finish too. I still can’t get over the roses though – a very different whisky than Collingwood, and yet in many respects very similar – lightly tannic. The rye integration is just brilliant, and the higher proof carries the finish farther. Slightly creamy, too – throughout, and yet it retains its sharpness.

This is all the floral and fruity tones of Collingwood on steroids, and it makes for a fascinating addition to a diverse whisky shelf (as mine is).

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

Value: High. It’s in the top tier of what you can get for $45.