Review: St. Laurent 3 Grain Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

Image courtesy of Distillerie du St. Laurent. Photo credit to Bartolini productions.

Image courtesy of Distillerie du St. Laurent. Photo credit to Bartolini productions.

ABV
43%
Aging
3 Years
Recipe
75% Corn, 15% Rye, 10% Malted Barley
Distiller Distillerie du St. Laurent (Rimouski, QC)

Distillerie du St Laurent makes this whisky from Quebec corn, rye, and malted barley. After fermentation, it is distilled in a copper pot still to about 70% ABV before being barreled in a combination of char #1 and char #5 casks (how often do you see that combo?). This batch was made with 6 barrels, with two of them losing between 15%-25% of their volume in three years! Non chill-filtered; 2100 bottles.


Review (2021)

  • Batch: 002

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2021

The nose is rich with lots of oak, nuts, and grain. Hazelnut, vanilla, corn husks, mixed grain porridge, charred wood, light smoke, spinach, brown sugar, and honey. Big whisky. The palate continues to be oaky, nutty, and full of caramel and dried fruits. There is a really nice contrast and interplay of grain, caramel, and nuttiness. The finish follows suit – but with a bit more focus on dried fruit. It’s compelling – and the more I drink it, the more I like it.

This is another one of the many young, cask-heavy whiskies in Canada these days – a challenging style to get right. They did it here. Nice stuff happening at Distillerie St Laurent!

Highly Recommended (50% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: What you would expect against the market for $60 (average).