Review: Gibson's Finest Bourbon Cask Reserve Canadian Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

Ex-Scotch Casks
Distiller Valleyfield (Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec)

Gibson's popularity among whisky drinkers has a number of times caused supply issues becasue of high demand (which is how we ended up with Gibson's Sterling). This bottling, alongside Gibson's New Oak, was put in place to fill the gap, and is no longer in production.

And yes, it isn't actually matured in bourbon casks due to fear of the very protective Scotch Whisky Association who might have taken issue to a name Scotch Cask (see more here).

Review (2017)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2006

Well, this smells like a bourbon cask…lots of spice – stale clove, cinnamon, and white pepper – alongside green bean sprouts, vanilla, maple, buttercream icing, and prune. Fairly viscous on the palate – sweet and dry, in the great Canadian style - with lots of spice, pine, and some oaky vanilla leading into a bitter, spicy, and dry finish. Something spicy and bready, like pumperknickel, on the finish too alongside a bit of smoky charred wood.

Pleasant, mostly. The nose showed some good promise but the bitterness on the palate doesn’t do any favors – this would be doing better without that…

Value: N/A