||Virgin American Oak, Ex-Bourbon Casks & Canadian Rye Whisky Casks|
|Distiller||Hiram Walker (Windsor, Ontario)|
This is the USA’s bottling of Triple Barrel - a bit of an amped up version of the Canadain Triple Barrel which is bottled at 43.4%. The whisky contains mostly rye with a bit of corn whisky, with the various casks being used to try to balance out the spicy rye characteristic. It is designed for the slightly bolder USA profile, with an eye towards rye cocktails.
Bottling Code: N/A
Bottling Date: 2018
Light fruit, and something nicely spicy about this – light lemon and cumin – and nice bourbon nuances and rich rye. Wintergreen, too! Some really nice floral and spicy rye notes, dried fruit, and rich grainy notes. It’s spicy – as rich as Wiser’s Triple Barrel – but it has a lightness and elegance to it, to the extent you might mistake this for a rich or rye-heavy Crown Royal (as I did when I tasted this blind). Very much, it feels like a bigger, older sibling of the Canadian Triple Barrel. It is very nice.
Highly Recommended (49% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).
Value: Very high. This stuff is incredible for $25 CAD.