Review: High River Canadian Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

Distiller N/A (Canada)

Sazerac, who also own both the Royal Canadian and Caribou Crossing line of Canadian whiskies, has now added this, the most budget-friendly of the three, as it continues to expand its Canadian whisky portfolio - with more bottles to come, I believe. There is very little information about this whisky - it is sourced, and from what I know Sazerac sources from three Canadian distilleries for their Canadian whiskies. I've heard that this is a mix of rye, corn, and barley - though I haven't been able to confirm with them.

Interesting the name "High River", as that is where the distillery Highwood is based. The label talks quite a bit about rye, but it is not a very rye forward whisky...

Review (2017)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: B1635509 477 REF 1A 5C VT 15C

  • Bottling Date: ~2016

The nose is full of the dried orange and pine notes distinctive of Hiram Walker corn whisky. There are some wheaty cereal notes, clove, anise seed, maple and menthol. The palate is quite sweet, with a good kick of vanilla and a mixed bag of grain notes which are not clearly defined (something like a light mixed porridge). There is a bit of tannin and some sweet oak notes as well, along with some charred wood notes. A light finish with light spices, cedar, fresh wood, and fading sugar. Slightly bitter.

Sweet, somewhat simple, and a bit boring...

Value: Average. Not a fantastic whisky, but it’s simple and quite decent - and cheap (~33$).