Review: Wiser's Seven Rebels Canadian Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

Image courtesy of Corby Wine & Spirits.

Image courtesy of Corby Wine & Spirits.

Refill casks, Ex-Speyside casks, ex-bourbon casks, Virgin oak casks
Corn, Wheat, Rye, and Barley whiskies
Distiller Hiram Walker (Windsor, Ontario)

This whisky is a BC exclusive, and is quite the blend - it is made with a base of double-distilled corn whisky, with column distilled rye, column distilled wheat, pot distilled rye malt, and pot distilled barley malt. The blend used whiskies aged in a number of barrels - refill casks, ex-speyside casks, ex-bourbon casks, new white oak casks, and refill casks with oak inserts - some with inserts which have been charred to give a smoky character, and some which have been charred to give a spicy flavor. So - we can expect of flavor action in this whisky!

Review (2020)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2019

Really nice work here – lots of complexity. Vanilla, biscuits, dill, light pine, vanilla, toasted oak, cardamom, rose, creaminess, lilac, dense oak, plantain chips, white pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, and bean sprouts. The palate shifts between fruitiness, creamy distillate, and tannic oak – with lots of nice floral rye notes in the mix. A really nice blend of flavours come through on the palate – complex oak notes, spice, floral, dried fruit, and icing sugar. The finish has a nice vegetal characteristic, more lilac, charred oak, cacao, and more bean sprouts. And just the right mix of tannins.  Excellent!

Highly Recommended (50% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).
High, at $70. Even at $70, this is quite good value against the market.