Review: Canadian Ltd Whisky with Natural Flavours / by Jason Hambrey

Distiller N/A

This is a whisky that I picked up in New Hampshire, for one reason – it was 5$ for 750 ml. I was curious what the cheapest whisky in New Hampshire tasted like. While I was checking out, I saw two of the five people in line walking out with a 1.14L bottle of this stuff, so evidently it has some popularity! It is classified as “Canadian Whisky with Natural Flavours”. It has the distinction because, unlike American Whisky (not bourbon), Canadian whisky cannot have flavouring added to it (the 9.09% rule allows the addition of up to 9.09% of wine or spirits over 2 years old, not flavouring).

It is produced by Fleishmann Distilling Co., out of Owensborough Kentucky. Fleishmann’s is owned by Sazerac, who import a lot of Canadian whisky (and are starting to build a distillery in Montreal).

Review (2019)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: L18005101411B 531731700:298

  • Bottling Date: 2018

A yeasty, young, and raw nose – fermenting bread, hazelnut oil, vanilla, a mix of spice, fresh orange, and some pine. The vanilla smells not like whisky vanilla, but like extract. A bit bready – but generally light and spicy. There are definitely some notes I would describe as “nasty”. The palate is light and sweet, with more nut oil and lots of vanilla and a rough grain character, with virtually no finish other than some vanilla. Definitely better on the palate than the nose, but this has a way to go! I have to force the whisky down, it isn’t out of desire for the flavour.

That’s about all I want to write for tasting notes! I’ve had a number of worse whiskies, but this is definitely not a sipper (or mixer, in my house).

Value: Well, it only costs 5$! But I’d rather have one bottle of Ardbeg 10 than 20 of these…