Review: Lohin McKinnon Single Malt Canadian Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

3 yrs; Ex-bourbon barrels
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Central City (Surrey, British Columbia)

Gary Lohin, developer of Red Racer beer, brought in a Scottish distiller Stuart McKinnon to help produce Central City's whisky, named Lohin McKinnon. This is their flagship product, released only last year in 2017. Central City is fairly large - one of the larger craft distilling operations in Canada. They used BC barley for this whisky.

Review (2018)

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  • Bottling Date: 2017

A dry nose, full of interesting notes- hazlenuts, coconut oil, dried papaya, sharp hard green pear, guanabana, light oak, hot chocolate powder, and mandarin. The fruit just grows and grows (and improves) as the nose sits. The palate accentuates what lies underneath – coconut oil and minerality, a light grassy spiciness, with the fruit surprisingly fading to the base rather than the topping. The palate is a touch flat, compared to the nose – but the finish is spicy and mineral laden with a slight effervescence (not the fizzy kind). Really nice malt notes at the end.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher). It’s a fairly unique single malt, with great earthy notes and grain notes - the more I have their stuff, the more I like it. It’s still youthful, but I expect this will change as the distillery matures.

Value: Average.