Review: J.P. Wiser's Seasoned Oak Canadian Whisky (Rare Cask Series) / by Jason Hambrey

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19 Years
Corn and Rye Whiskies
Distiller Hiram Walker (Windsor, Ontario)

A blend of 19 year old double distilled corn whisky which matured in casks which were seasoned (air dried before being made into casks – „seasoned”) for 48 months and some column still rye. This is another "rare cask series” joining Dissertation and Union 52, both outstanding whiskies in their own right.

Also, except for a few whisky styles, 48% ABV is my sweet spot...

Review (2018)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: L18114EW0801

  • Bottling Date: 2018

Complex nose. Dried currant, raisin, prune, and fresh red currants. Oak...and it’s spicy and sweet. Custard, caramel, charcoal, rich rye, cherry, blueberry, wintergreen, dried corn husks, creme brulee, cedar, cinnamon, nutmeg, lilac, clove studded orange – the spices are gorgeous. This is a huge nose with the complexity to keep changing for more than 20 minutes.

The palate is silky and rich, with oak and slight corn at the centre. There is a terrific light sweetness that builds mid palate before the oaky and spicy finish command the finish. Citrus is still central, but everything plays second fiddle to the oak. However, it’s so different than a big oaky bourbon – it doesn’t have the sweet fatness of the corn in a bourbon to combat massive, sweet, earthy and dessert-like wood – instead, it has a fruity, dense spirit which combats a dry, spicy oak. The finish is a nice mix of spice, citrus, candy, and spicy tannin. The finish is complex and interesting, but could be a bit bigger and more enduring.

We’re getting it in the summer, but, as the Canada 2018 commemorative is more of a summer whisky, this is more of a fall one. I really like the 48% - it definitely suits the whisky.

A favourite this year, already. I’m glad Wiser’s has started unleashing the floodgates and releasing impressive blends which showcase the diversity and quality of their product.

Very Highly Recommended (18% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher). I also found I liked this more and more as I consumed more of it.

Value: Average. Nice whisky, but $100 pits against a lot of terrific whiskies from a value perspective.