Review: JP Wiser's Triple Barrel Canadian Whisky (Canada) / by Jason Hambrey

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ABV
43.4%
Aging
Virgin Oak (char #2), First fill Ex-Bourbon, & Refill Casks
Recipe
N/A
Distiller Hiram Walker (Windsor, Ontario)

This whisky is different from the triple barrel released a few years ago in Australia, sharing only the characteristic of using three types of barrels in the blend. This whisky is based on a blend of whiskies from new charred virgin oak (char number 2), refill casks, and first fill bourbon casks - and has the characteristics of marvelous column distilled rye. It is apparently the same recipe as Double Still Rye, just rebranded based on customer input - the mid level wiser's brand which can never quite make up its mind as to what it is - in a few years it has evolved from Wiser's Small Batch to Double Still to now Triple Barrel.


Review (2017)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: L17206 AW 8:39

  • Bottling Date: 2017

The nose has some rich, broad, grainy rye – a gorgeous combination of grain, spice, dried rose, and dried fruit. Prunes, sour dried cherries, lilacs, toasting bread, old fermenting dough, dried apricot, and oak. Complex, and very integrated. The palte - lots of lilac – wow! Rich, toasted grain notes, mixed dried flowers, sharp rye, fresh oak, fresh strawberry, and black tea. The finish has tea, mixed dried fruit, clove, cinnamon, oak, and baking bread. Rising spice on the end. Gorgeous rye.

This may be the same recipe as Double Still Rye, but this is better than any double still I’ve tasted (which is three different bottles!).

Score: 88/100

Value: 91/100 (based on $32)


Review (2018)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2017

Light fruit and spice – almost bubble gum like with the candied fruit notes. Despite all the fruit, it’s still a bit dusty and spicy – with rye porridge, crackling, and a touch of 5-spice. The palate continues on with fruity and rich spice, with a drying, slightly vegetal finish carrying loads of white grape, white pepper, and nutmeg. This is such a terrific whisky for the price!

Score: 88/100

Value: 91/100 (based on $32)