Review: Gibson's Finest New Oak Reserve Canadian Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

Charred Virgin Oak
Distiller Valleyfield (Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec)

This was released alongside Gibson's Bourbon Cask Reserve to help meet demand for Gibsons whiskies, but is no longer in production.

Review (2017)

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  • Bottling Date: 2006

A bit of a different nose for a Gibson’s! There is some underlying dried fruit like dried apricot with fresh, smoky oak sitting on top. And some candlewax, smoke, rye, and confectioners sugar. A creamy palate full of fresh, charred oak and vanilla! It’s a bit sweet, and the oak is quite nice, but it seems to have covered over some of the underlying complexity. Fairly sweet. Butterscotch on the finish, with some wax and oaky spices too.

This goes down really easy and has good flavor, though a bit simple. I could see lots of people liking this as an everyday whisky. Also, this is one that I imagine would be terrific on ice if that is your sort of thing.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

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