Review: Schenley OFC Canadian Whisky (1980) by Jason Hambrey

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6 Years
Distiller Valleyfield (Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec)

This whisky was distilled in 1980, back then there was an „Aged 6 Years” right on the label, „Imported” was still a big sales word, and excise Canada was putting strips on the bottles. It was distilled in Valleyfield...slightly darker than the OFC of today, though that doesn’t mean much given caramel additions.


Review (2017)

  • Batch: A26454744 (1980)

  • Bottling Code:

  • Bottling Date: 1986 (approx)

The nose is dry, smelling of rich corn whisky, with some nice dusty rye spices, prune, oak, orange peel, custard...much richer and more vibrant than the modern OFC.  Earthy notes grow with time. The palate has terrific feel, with light caramel, molasses, vanilla, brown sugar – with great mouthfeel – framed by tingly oak and spices. Terrific! Notes of bitter orange and bitter almond on the finish, still with some custard and white pepper...slightly drying. The white pepper continues on the finish with a touch of caramel and custard still. Quite a few light molasses and rummy notes throughout.  By comparison, the new OFC tastes younger (oilier, slightly more raw), a touch sweeter, and with less complexity, flavor, and integration.

A great example of the older style of blended Canadian whisky.

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

Value: N/A


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