Review: JP Wiser's Union 52 / by Jason Hambrey

Blend of 15 and 52 year old whiskies
96% 15 year old Canadian Whisky; 4% 52 Year Old Scotch Whisky
Producer Hiram Walker (Windsor, Ontario)

Wiser's released this gem last year in British Columbia - a blend of a barrel of 52 year old highland scotch whisky (probably a blend of whiskies in that barrel) from 1964, and 15 year old Canadian whisky matured in new oak barrels. The scotch was left over from a time when Canadian producers used to bottle their own single malt whiskies from Scotland.

Review (2017)

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  • Bottling Date: 2016

Dry, woody, and spicy with dried mixed citrus peel – and yet, under the surface and ever growing – creaminess, wisps of smoky oak, corn husks, pencil shavings, green apple, clove, and terrific grainy character. And yet, it’s fresh with light grape and loads of complexity that only comes with good time in the barrel. The palate is light, yet full of terrific complexity and movement – a sweet, creamy start tinged with vanilla leads to rising smoke, oak, grape, dried fruit, clove, cinnamon, vanilla, caramel, and even a bit of cayenne. The finish is tangy (for nice effect) and full of baking spices and oak, yet bright with vanilla, grape, and tannins. A breathtaking whisky.

Very Highly Recommended (18% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Very high. Incredible whisky, and very much worth the price.