Review: Stalk & Barrel Canada's 150 Blend Canadian Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

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4-5 years
Blend of Corn, Rye, and Malted Barley Whiskies
Distiller Still Waters Distillery (Concord, Ontario)

This whisky is built around a 5 year old corn whisky, which was found to be a rich terrific base when the distillery was moving around some barrel stocks. To this, single malt and rye whiskies were added to round out the whisky - a blend of 100% Still Waters matured whisky.

Review (2017)

  • Batch: #Canada150

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2017

The nose is rich and full of great grain notes – corn and earthy barley – alongside grassy spice, pear, caramel, coconut, peaches, white chocolate – and slightly creamy. The palate is rich, with dried apricot, vanilla, clove, white pepper, white chocolate, chocolate and a plethora of spicy tea notes – lots of complexity. The finish is dry and spicy, with notes of clove, oak, green apple, and nutmeg – and the grassy spice from the rye shines through. Light bourbon undertones throughout. A nice whisky – the best blend I’ve seen coming from Still Waters (I am still partial to their terrific rye). As my friend Blair Phillips, the Canadian Editor of Canadian whisky says – "tight and modern”. Indeed. Easy and very moreish, and not hot at 50%. Brilliant drying spice and oak on the finish. One of the best micro-distillery products I have ever tasted – the combination of good spirit and terrific blending pays off. Well done.

Get some, before it is gone.

Highly Recommended (48% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: High, at $45.