Review: McLoughlin & Steele Canadian Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

"A minimum of three years"
Distiller Okanagan Spirits (Kelowna, British Columbia)

This whisky is named after John McLoughlin and James Steele, men who were instrumental to establishing the cattle industry in Canada in the 1800s. The whisky doesn't contain colouring, and used to be produced by Okanagan Spirits - the largest of Canada's micro distillers - on contract for United Distributors. As far as I know, it is still being made, but Okanagan doesn't produce it anymore. However, this reviewed product is from the Okanagan days.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2013

Classically Canadian in style, with a dry, spicy style and some bourbon on the nose. It's dry, lightly sweet, and lightly spicy with some grape, dried berry, and heavy cereal notes. It leaves you witha bit of bean sprout-like rye influence, and rich vanilla. Compellingly dry - one of the best whiskies I've tasted from the Canadian craft scene - I also respect that they've honoured Canadian style with a great whisky.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: High at $28.