Review: Last Mountain Private Reserve Canadian Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

4-5 yrs; Used Bourbon & 10 Gallon Barrels
Distiller Multiple

I've been looking forward to putting up this review for a while. A great aspect of large blind tests, as with the Canadian Whisky Awards for me, is that there are undiscovered gems that surprise - this was one, for me. Much of what comes out of craft distilleries is raw and young, often too raw or too "finished" to compensate for the raw youth....this whisky is neither. The whisky is a blend of 3-5 year old sourced wheat whisky which is matured in ex-bourbon barrels before being finished in new 10 gallon barrels before bottling. Sadly, the whisky is not available in Ontario - only Saskatchewan and some places in Alberta and BC. However, in combination with the Still Waters Rye, it's the best of the Canadian craft scene that I have tasted. It's been appreciated by others as well, picking up a silver medal in both the 2015 and 2013 Canadian Whisky Awards.

Review (2015)

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  • Bottling Date: 2015

Creamy, leading with some vanilla, freshly sawn oak, custard, and very dessert like and smelling quite sweet - like walking into a confectionary! Yet, underneath it all, there's a bit of spice giving it all a bit of an edge. On the palate, a nice mouth-feel with some corn-starch like grain coming in at the background, but staying true to the nose while also supplying some intriguing vegetable and spice threads and light tannic structure. Very elegant.  The confectionary component is surprisingly similar to Crown Royal Single Barrel. Very nice stuff coming out of this distillery.

Score: 87/100

Value: 86/100 (based on $45)

Review (2016)

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  • Bottling Date: 2016

Here we have some confectionary goodness! Like walking into a candy shop with all the sugary and light fruity notes. Light oak is present, with slight wheaty notes – but we’re still mainly on confectioner’s sugar here. The palate is more grain driven, alongside some dried apricot and brilliant, clear oak. A drying finish with oak, spices, and some more candy notes.

Overall Score: 87/100

Value: 86/100 (based on $45)