||44 Years; Refill American Oak|
|Distiller||Hiram Walker (Windsor, Ontario)|
The oldest Canadian whisky ever! We are at 44 Years now, still drawing from that special parcel of whisky from 1977. This whisky was matured in once-used white American oak whisky barrels that previously held rye whisky. The 44 year old part is corn whisky aged in those barrels, although the whisky kept getting regauged (combining barrels of whisky together so it doesn’t dry out in the barrel). After aging, a bit of rye whisky and sherry was added to the blend.
Batch: Issue no. 4
Bottling Code: N/A
Bottling Date: 2021
The nose here is just so full of aged whisky notes – it’s quite intense. Underneath, there is a really nice earthy, spicy note and some rich, dried fruit. I’m glad it’s in at 45% - even at that strength, it’s pretty light. The palate starts with some honey and then moves on to some really nice spicy rye notes, plum, and some fall marsh notes (in a very good way). The finish is complex – light corn, light tannins, vanilla, dried fruit, white pepper, citrus pith, and baking spice.
Not as big or as rich as the 43 from last year, but this is still really great stuff.
Very Highly Recommended (19% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).
Value: Very low. But, my perfect whisky is worth $300, which I still haven’t met (a few have come close). So, it depends how much you value $$ vs something this old. If this were a Scotch, even a single grain….