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Review: Mt. Logan 20 Year Old Canadian Whisky by Jason Hambrey

ABV
40%
Aging
20 Years
Recipe
100% Corn
Distiller Alberta Distillers (Alberta)

Another classic, 20 year old, Canadian corn whisky, at a terrific price point (less than $60!). I don't know where else you can find such age at this price. It is a great flavour profile, but it is a particular profile - it's soft and elegant, not bold, high ABV, and spicy. But, given its time, it's excellent. I hear sometimes about these highwood corns that they are not great - I think that's more a comment on disliking the flavor profile rather than actual quality. These whiskies are terrific, and better than most of the Scotch grain whiskies (granted, only a few) I've tried which are often in a similar flavor camp. If you liked the Mt. Logan 15, this in my opinion is worth the extra money (as my value score reflects!). This is an exclusive offering by Liquor Depot and Wine and Beyond.


Review (2017)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: 6119

  • Bottling Date: ~2016

Much more alive and complex than the 15, with deeper, richer, flavours. Again, it is similar to the typical Highwood old corn profile except it is a bit more rubbery, and a bit more licoricy. The rubbery note doesn’t mean poor – just slightly medicinal. Rich, earthy spices, maple, beeswax, prunes, and dried corn cobs. The nose is oaky and dry, which I quite like.  The palate follows suit – waxy, sweet, dry, spicy. It has a nice long flavor development and unfolding – very pleasant. Maple is quite key to the profile. Cedar, too...nice honey spice.

Definitely the star of the Mount Logan lineup. Not as rich, complex, fruity or as big as ninety 20 which also shows quite a bit more dried fruit - but grain is a bit less central there. It really goes down easy, perhaps easier than ninety 20...the light sweetness, dry finish, and smooth-ness really make it beg sip after sip. After my review, I read the Rum Howler's, who is in agreement.

Highly Recommended (48% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: High. A nice 20 year old whisky for quite a good price!


Review: Mt. Logan 5 Year Old Canadian Whisky by Jason Hambrey

ABV
40%
Aging
5 Years; Ex-bourbon barrels
Recipe
100% Wheat
Distiller Highwood (High River, Alberta)

Mount Logan is a brand of sourced Highwood whisky, developed between Ryan Engen, the Director of Spirits at Liquor Depot and Wine and Beyond to create an exclusive, high quality brand of Canadian whisky. The lineup includes this 5 year old, a 100% Corn 15 Year Old, and a 100% Corn 20 Year Old - all sourced and developed alongside Highwood Distillery.


Review (2017)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: 6119

  • Bottling Date: ~2016

A soft, sweet, and spicy nose, with maple, candle wax, cedar, oak, licorice root, and cola – it favors time. Baking spice, and a bit dusty. The palate is clean, light, and sweet with cream of wheat and a nice edge of spicy, vegetal, rye – mint, licorice root, cola. As an entry level whisky, this is great – easy, yet with subtle complexity – seemingly growing in body as you drink it. The finish is mainly on dry oak, pepper, and some clove – but, eventually, full of wheat. Definitely Classical Canadian in style.

It has the body and profile to mix quite well. I do like the dry and spicy finish, and the rye really lifts this one up.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: High. A good whisky, and cheap.