Sourced Whisky

Review: Glynnevan Double Barreled Canadian Whisky by Jason Hambrey

Two casks
Producer Authentic Seacoast (Guysborough, NS)

This whisky is sourced from the prairies and is partially matured at the Authentic Seacoast distillery in Guysborough, Nova Scotia.

Review (2019)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2019

The nose follows suit of a traditional younger Canadian whisky that has had a decent amount of oak extraction - pine, caramel, maple, burnt wood, brown sugar, toasted wood, raisins, cinnamon, intense woodiness, maple, and butter. The taste follows suit from the nose, but I also get some white chocolate and a growing piney wood character with tannins slowly building. The finish has a burst of vanilla, fading tannins, and some bitterness.

The balance isn’t great - it’s very woody and big, but lacks subtlety and doesn’t integrate the spirit characters in with the heavy barrel flavours. I like it with a touch of water.

Value: Low to Average. At $47, it’s not a bad price against whisky as a whole – but in the Canadian category you can do better. It’s still sourced distillate, which is slim pickings generally – I’m quite interested to see what their own distillate will be like.

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

5 Years; Ex-bourbon barrels
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.