Review: De Vine Spirits West Coast Speakeasy (Bottled for the Strath) / by Jason Hambrey

New Casks (Small)
Corn, Malted Barley, and Triticale
Distiller De Vine Vineyards (Vancouver Island, British Columbia)

Another whisky from Glen Saanich, which, to my taste, has been producing great products - although still a bit young and oak driven. Now, something else worth looking to - this is made in the style of a bourbon, with a mashbill of corn, malted barley, and triticale -but matured in small casks.

Review (2020)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2019

The nose has apple, vanilla, macadamia, toffee, raisins, a touch of dill, and lots of dense oak. Nice floral characteristics, but this is quite controlled by oak. There are some smoky characteristics on the nose, which add a lot of intrigue. The palate is sweet and lightly oaky, with a light touch of maltiness at the end of the palate with more oak. The character that comes through is quite reminiscent of wheat, both in the graininess and the typical citrus pairing. Some smoke characteristics on the nose – this is very interesting. The finish has a nice mix of coconut, tangy dried berries, and slightly tannic oak and vanilla.

It may be made in the style of a bourbon, but to me, it doesn’t taste too much like a classic bourbon. It may be more analogous to some of the small distillers in the US using smaller barrels. But, no matter, this is good stuff!

Recommended (82% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).
Value: Low, based on $110. It’s still a good whisky, but there are better bargains at that price point