Review: Ninety 5 Year Old Canadian Rye Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

5 yrs
100% Corn
Producer Highwood (High River, Alberta)

This whisky, like its older sibling the brilliant Ninety 20 year old, is produced by Highwood distillery from sourced 100% corn whisky. Highwood often works (quite well) with corn, however, they don't distill it - which is why they source from other Canadian distilleries. The Century Reserve line of whiskies from Highwood is also 100% corn.

This whisky is nice in that it is well-presented for a whisky - 45% for extra flavour, and it doesn't look like there is colouring added. At present, it's not available in Ontario but is in some other provinces in Canada. Let's see how it tastes:

Review (2015; Blind)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2015

  • Bottling Code: N/A

Biscuity, bready, and oaky, with some creamy vanilla, mixed candied fruit peel, peach pits, and a light and a slightly sour backdrop with a good bit of spice and the oily youth coming out on the finish ever so lightly. A bit sweet and sour overall, with some tannins adding good structure to the whisky. Sweet and a bit simple.

Value: Average. Not a fantastic whisky, but it’s not expensive either (~25$)…