Review: Canadian Rockies 21 Year Old Canadian Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

21 yrs; Ex-bourbon cask
100% Corn
Producer Highwood (High River, Alberta)

This whisky was recently released to the Canadian market - originally it was only available in Taiwan. released by the Fountana group. Currently, it is available in BC but it doesn't appear that it is coming to Ontario. This whisky, much like the other well aged corn whiskies out of Highwood, was sourced elsewhere as Highwood does not distill corn. The recipe is 100% corn, and it is released at 21 years old and a very nice 46%. It was a hugely popular at the Victoria whisky festival in 2016.

Review (2015; Blind)

  • Batch: 1
  • Bottling Code: N/A
  • Bottling Date: 2015

Apple and musty oak with brilliant oiliness and age - with a daisy-like floral element too. Balanced on the palate with the oily richness characteristic of well-aged corn whiskies - nutty and spicy on the finish for brilliant effect as well. And, though so simple, a whisky like this reminds us all of why oak and vanilla fit so well together, and how sturdy a well-aged whisky can be. Well aged, smooth, balanced, yet supplying tannins for intrigue and effect. In the same mix with the best Japanese and Scottish grain whiskies.

Score: 91/100

Value: 90/100 (based on $68)