Review: Odd Society Spirits Single Malt Canadian Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

3 yrs
100% BC Malted Barley
Distiller Odd Society (Vancouver, British Columbia)

The start of more single malt coming from Vancouver, aged in small (30 L) casks. The distillery just opened in 2013, so this is the beginning - sometimes I hesitate to review the initial stuff because it may not be indicative of the future and older stocks, but I can't resist looking into what new distillers are starting to do...

Review (2018)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2017

Vibrant, and a very fruity and spicy nose – pears, apples, tangerines, guava, mango nectar, fruit drops – yet also with porridge-like grain notes, coconut, molasses, and baking spice. The palate is peppery and young, leading with big fruitiness, clean grain, and spice. Some pleasing coconut at the end.

The longer it sits out (even 30 mins!) the better it gets. It has some really nicely cut out elements, but still has a way to go yet. 

Value: Low. Generally, it is hard to compete with massive distilleries when you are a young and small distillery with a young whisky (especially one from malted barley). However, if the price holds and the distillate gets more mature, there is potential for this one to become a better value buy.