Lethbridge

Review: Schenley Golden Wedding Canadian Whisky by Jason Hambrey

This whisky is a marriage of three whiskies, of different ages, to create a whisky which has both the body and complexity of an older whisky and the bite of a younger one. It’s been around for a long time – since 1856. For some time, this was produced at the Valleyfield distillery in Quebec, but now it is produced partially in Lethbridge at the Black Velvet distillery (for the flavoring/strongly flavoured components of the blend) and partially at Valleyfield for the base/body components.

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Review: Schenley OFC Canadian Whisky by Jason Hambrey

This whisky has also been around forever. According to the bottle, OFC stands for “Original Fine Canadian”. The back of the bottle references 25 gold medals in 27 competitions of Monde Selection, dating back all the way to Paris in 1973. Impressive. However, I did wonder what monde selection was – it’s an international quality competition that evaluates everything from wine, spirits, and beer to soft drinks and other food products. Online, it was hard to find exactly how OFC did, and when they last won – and, frankly, how prestigious those awards are.

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Review: Black Velvet Deluxe Canadian Whisky by Jason Hambrey

This whisky was first made in 1951, by master distiller Jack Napier. He called in “Black Velvet” after loving the taste. It is distilled in the Black Velvet distillery in Lethbridge, Alberta, even though originally it was distilled at a Toronto distillery where demand caused a new distillery to be built in Alberta. It is “blended at birth”, which involves blending an aged 90% rye whisky (aged 2 years) with corn spirit right off the still before being put into Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels. This whisky is extremely popular in the US – less so in Canada, and can even be hard to find in Ontario.

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Review: Danfield's 21 Year Old Canadian Whisky by Jason Hambrey

This is one of my favourite Canadian whiskies, coming out of the Black Velvet distillery in Lethbridge, Alberta. Generally, it is recognized as their premium sipper, although a younger version is also available. It claims to be “diamond filtered” but based on what I have gathered, no one really knows that that is. Despite what that process may or may not be, it is one of my favourite Canadians and is always a treat.

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