Review: Mt. Logan 20 Year Old Canadian Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

ABV
40%
Aging
20 Years
Recipe
100% Corn
Distiller Alberta Distillers (Alberta)

Another classic, 20 year old, Canadian corn whisky, at a terrific price point (less than $60!). I don't know where else you can find such age at this price. It is a great flavour profile, but it is a particular profile - it's soft and elegant, not bold, high ABV, and spicy. But, given its time, it's excellent. I hear sometimes about these highwood corns that they are not great - I think that's more a comment on disliking the flavor profile rather than actual quality. These whiskies are terrific, and better than most of the Scotch grain whiskies (granted, only a few) I've tried which are often in a similar flavor camp. If you liked the Mt. Logan 15, this in my opinion is worth the extra money (as my value score reflects!). This is an exclusive offering by Liquor Depot and Wine and Beyond.


Review (2017)

  • Batch: N/A
  • Bottling Code: 6119
  • Bottling Date: ~2016

Much more alive and complex than the 15, with deeper, richer, flavours. Again, it is similar to the typical Highwood old corn profile except it is a bit more rubbery, and a bit more licoricy. The rubbery note doesn’t mean poor – just slightly medicinal. Rich, earthy spices, maple, beeswax, prunes, and dried corn cobs. The nose is oaky and dry, which I quite like.  The palate follows suit – waxy, sweet, dry, spicy. It has a nice long flavor development and unfolding – very pleasant. Maple is quite key to the profile. Cedar, too...nice honey spice.

Definitely the star of the Mount Logan lineup. Not as rich, complex, fruity or as big as ninety 20 which also shows quite a bit more dried fruit - but grain is a bit less central there. It really goes down easy, perhaps easier than ninety 20...the light sweetness, dry finish, and smooth-ness really make it beg sip after sip. After my review, I read the Rum Howler's, who is in agreement.

Score: 88/100

Value: 86/100 (based on $55)