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Canadian Whiskies Live Tasting Event - August 38-30

Canadian Whiskies Live Tasting Event - August 38-30

Postby Ganga » Sat Aug 29, 2009 12:23 am

Are you a Canadian Whisky enthusiast? Maybe you are inexperienced or new to Canadian Whiskies. Either way, everyone is invited to join in a little social comraderie and exploration of Canadian Whiskies.

Starts now, runs through the weekend. Please feel free to join in anytime.
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Re: Canadian Whiskies Live Tasting Event - August 38-30

Postby Wave » Sat Aug 29, 2009 4:47 am

August 38-30

Canadian time? :mrgreen:


Cheers!
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Re: Canadian Whiskies Live Tasting Event - August 38-30

Postby mikeymad » Sat Aug 29, 2009 8:42 pm

Ganga called... apologizes about no entries yet. More fires in his area (killing ability to properly sample), and lost internet (killing ability to post)...

He should be back at some point for samples and wit... :smoke:

I don't seem to have any of these to sample... so looking forward to notes on what to get.

Cheers,
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Re: Canadian Whiskies Live Tasting Event - August 38-30

Postby Holysinner » Sun Aug 30, 2009 2:04 am

Forty Creek Barrel Select

Forty Creek
Barrel Select
Nutella, cured or smoked meat (pastrami?)
Very nutty, a touch sour, sweet vanilla
Black pepper, drying, medium
Very sumptuous. I know others will describe a very different nose, but that's what these notes are for, right?
Rich gold
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0 Years Old
0
40%
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Canada
None
None
Tulip Nosing Glass
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Re: Canadian Whiskies Live Tasting Event - August 38-30

Postby Holysinner » Sun Aug 30, 2009 2:06 am

Glad I can join you Sean, you've gotten this off to a great start!

Good luck to Ganga.
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Re: Canadian Whiskies Live Tasting Event - August 38-30

Postby Holysinner » Sun Aug 30, 2009 2:40 am

Just opened...

Forty Creek Double Barrel Reserve

Forty Creek
Double Barrel Reserve
Caramel, mandarin orange, hazelnuts
Bran, marmalade
Candied orange peel, warming but short
Sweeter and lacking the spice of the Barrel Select, with a distinct citrus character. The finish is definitely too short, but this is lovely and dangerously drinkable.
Light gold
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0 Years Old
0
40%
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Canada
None
None
Tulip Nosing Glass
Lot 240, Bottle#01648

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Re: Canadian Whiskies Live Tasting Event - August 38-30

Postby mikeymad » Sun Aug 30, 2009 3:10 am

Sorry you don't seem to be having that much fun Sean....

Glad the 40 creek is looking okay...

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Re: Canadian Whiskies Live Tasting Event - August 38-30

Postby Holysinner » Sun Aug 30, 2009 3:27 am

pkt77242 wrote:HS, glad to see you enjoyed the Forty Creek Double Barrel select.

Sean

I did Sean, and I'm looking forward to seeing whether the bottle will change over time.

I think John K. Hall is doing great things at Kittling Ridge, and just wish I could get up there to try the new Port Wood release.


I cracked open the mini of Wiser's, but I think notes for that and the Crown Royal will have to wait for tomorrow. I'm getting almost nothing on the nose and can't really distinguish flavors right now. Your ability to try whisky after whisky and still write up great notes is very impressive!
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Re: Canadian Whiskies Live Tasting Event - August 38-30

Postby The Third Dram » Sun Aug 30, 2009 5:00 pm

Sorry I'm a little late to the proceedings taking place here, fellows. But I figured better late than never. :wink:

These tastings were just completed around 11:30AM EDT here in Montreal (they were carried out 'back-to-back'), and do I hope they prove of some use.

Thanks to Ganga and everyone else for offering up the idea. :thumbsup:

Doug
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Re: Canadian Whiskies Live Tasting Event - August 38-30

Postby The Third Dram » Sun Aug 30, 2009 5:06 pm

First off the starting line...

OFC 8 Year Old

Schenley
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Fresh, light and clean. Grassy. Tinned pears.
Very grain driven. Shredded wheat. Creaminess deftly counterbalanced by a dash of input from the rye.
Soft and rather quick.
Nothing exceptional, but nothing offensive either.
Light gold
0

8 Years Old
0
40%
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Blend
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Re: Canadian Whiskies Live Tasting Event - August 38-30

Postby The Third Dram » Sun Aug 30, 2009 5:13 pm

Order of Merit 15 Year Old

Schenley
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Fruit salad in an oak bowl. Pineapple. Passion fruit. Toffee. Very composed.
Lovely, smooth palate entry. Oak adds considerable weight from the mid palate onward. Excellent balance. Complex.
Velvety, lingering finish with momentary flashes of brittleness.
This is from a venerable bottle distilled in 1952 and bottled in 1967 (Canada's Centennial Year).
Full gold with a touch of amber.
0

15 Years Old
0
Unknown%
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Re: Canadian Whiskies Live Tasting Event - August 38-30

Postby The Third Dram » Sun Aug 30, 2009 5:17 pm

Wiser's Reserve

(Same)
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Apple. Wintermelon. Vanilla. Green tea with a dash of citrus.
Some caramel evident at the outset. Then slightly more sharpness from the grains and oak. Juicy. This one has a tad more bite despite the caramel-toffee gloss. Not bad at all.
Short to medium-length finish.
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Light to medium gold.
0

0 Years Old
0
43%
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Re: Canadian Whiskies Live Tasting Event - August 38-30

Postby The Third Dram » Sun Aug 30, 2009 5:20 pm

Gooderham & Worts Small Batch

(Same)
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Somewhat reticent. Delicately conveyed oak and fruit. A hint of strawberry and blanched almonds.
Really good. The fruit maintains a degree of freshly picked ripeness amidst the sparkling grains and oak. And the higher proof only adds to this effect. Quite salivating.
Medium finish that makes you want to go for a 2nd. More impressive than I remember.
-
Light gold.
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0 Years Old
0
45%
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Re: Canadian Whiskies Live Tasting Event - August 38-30

Postby The Third Dram » Sun Aug 30, 2009 5:23 pm

Limited Edition

Crown Royal
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Fruit, field grains and oak tightly fused. Gentle, come hither fragrance. Vibrancy combined with the added sophistication maturity brings.
This is like the Crown Royals I recall from the 1960s and 1970s. Easy-going elegance. Quality oak and rye lend depth to the wheat, corn and malt. Perfect degree of maturity.
Soft, glowing warmth at the finish.
-
Tending to medium gold.
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0 Years Old
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40%
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Re: Canadian Whiskies Live Tasting Event - August 38-30

Postby The Third Dram » Sun Aug 30, 2009 5:26 pm

Special Reserve

Crown Royal
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Very mellow, though the rye doing battle with the oak enlivens matters marginally.
Pure silk. The oak and grains offer a demure petillance that, alas, doesn't quite survive to the finish line.
Somewhat sedated.
Lovely whisky. But I'll take the Limited Edition, thank you.
Full gold with the merest hint of amber.
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0 Years Old
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40%
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Re: Canadian Whiskies Live Tasting Event - August 38-30

Postby The Third Dram » Sun Aug 30, 2009 5:29 pm

Cask No. 16

Crown Royal
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Wow! An almost Sauternes-like voluptuousness. Tropical fruit salad. Dry roasted nuts. A hint of vanilla.
Crisp, clean attack leading to succulence. Honey dribbled on whole wheat toast. Pears. The spicy oak influence effortlessly intertwines with the bittersweet nature of the spirit, creating tiny ripples of rapier-like intensity that spread across the glossy textural surface.
Long and calm.
A cracker!
Full gold tending to amber. Slightly deeper than that of the SR.
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Re: Canadian Whiskies Live Tasting Event - August 38-30

Postby The Third Dram » Sun Aug 30, 2009 5:34 pm

Sherry Cask

Canadian Club
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Wine cask influence layered over (rather than entirely melded with) the intrinsic grain thrust of the distillate. Richly fruity. Lots of sultana overtones.
Macallan meets M'Canuck. Yet a green, bitter aspect permeates the early stages despite the thick, sweet texture. It's as though someone threw dandelion greens into the raisins. Then, a brief interlude of real Canadian whisky taste before the lights go out.
A weak suggestion of activity, but ultimately boring.
This one has potential, but needs considerable time and effort at all stages from conception to the blending room.
Amber gold.
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0 Years Old
0
41.3%
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Re: Canadian Whiskies Live Tasting Event - August 38-30

Postby The Third Dram » Sun Aug 30, 2009 5:53 pm

pkt77242 wrote:Nice notes Doug.

Thanks Sean.

The morning truly represents, for me, the best time to carry out these sorts of comparative tastings, though one does have to be slightly cautious in terms of the quantities consumed! :wink:
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Re: Canadian Whiskies Live Tasting Event - August 38-30

Postby mikeymad » Sun Aug 30, 2009 7:25 pm

So for the Breakfast Dram... go Canadian.... :thumbsup:

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Re: Canadian Whiskies Live Tasting Event - August 38-30

Postby Holysinner » Mon Aug 31, 2009 12:52 am

Great notes TTD!

Wiser's DeLuxe

Wiser's
DeLuxe
Just not a lot there. If I really stick my nose in the glass, I get strawberries and glue.
Quite spirity with candy sweetness. And there's the glue again.
Bitter and a bit sour, mercifully short.
Not very pleasant to my tastes.
Amber
0

0 Years Old
0
40%
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Blended
Canada
None
None
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Re: Canadian Whiskies Live Tasting Event - August 38-30

Postby Holysinner » Mon Aug 31, 2009 12:57 am

Switched glasses to finish the sample.

Wiser's DeLuxe

Wiser's
DeLuxe
Hay, powdered sugar.
Sweet with a bit of rye spice.
Bitter and slightly sour, short.
Hmmm, so it seems it wasn't my palate failing me last night, it was the glass! I usually prefer the tulip, but the Riedel is a standout for some bourbons and scotch blends, and apparently, this Canadian blend. Still nothing special, but much more tolerable.
Amber
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0 Years Old
0
40%
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Blended
Canada
None
None
Riedel Single Malt Whisky Glass
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Re: Canadian Whiskies Live Tasting Event - August 38-30

Postby Holysinner » Mon Aug 31, 2009 1:26 am

Crown Royal

Crown Royal
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Honeydew melon
Surprisingly malty with a sherry influence. Honey and spice.
Oaky, warming, medium-short.
Very pleasant.
Gold
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0 Years Old
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40%
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Re: Canadian Whiskies Live Tasting Event - August 38-30

Postby Ganga » Mon Aug 31, 2009 2:14 am

I'm sorry guys, we got smoked out by the La Canada-Flintridge fire. Also, the internet and phones went out. I'll try to make up for it by visiting the whiskies next weekend. Anyone else interested in next Friday?
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Re: Canadian Whiskies Live Tasting Event - August 38-30

Postby Willie JJ » Mon Aug 31, 2009 2:51 pm

Ganga wrote:I'm sorry guys, we got smoked out by the La Canada-Flintridge fire. Also, the internet and phones went out. I'll try to make up for it by visiting the whiskies next weekend. Anyone else interested in next Friday?

hope you're back in now Ganga. I couldn't make this weekend due to family commitments, but I'll try for Friday.
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Re: Canadian Whiskies Live Tasting Event - August 38-30

Postby Ganga » Mon Aug 31, 2009 5:27 pm

After last November, there's nothing left to burn in my area. There's very little wind so the smoke just kind of sits here in the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys. I "abandoned" the home to get some fresh air. The good news is so far only about 3 homes have burned. The bad news is we lost two firefighters when they drove into a ravine.

Smoke is thick obscuring visibility in the valleys; I can only imagine what it must be like up on the front lines. A glass to the men that protect our homes.
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Re: Canadian Whiskies Live Tasting Event - August 38-30

Postby Willie JJ » Mon Aug 31, 2009 6:46 pm

We heard about the loss of those two guys this morning. Dreadful news. Hopefully the weather will change soon and let it be brought under control.
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Re: Canadian Whiskies Live Tasting Event - August 38-30

Postby Ganga » Thu Sep 03, 2009 6:31 pm

Things seem to be going better with the fire and smoke. I plan to be around tomorrow evening 7PM Pacific.
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Re: Canadian Whiskies Live Tasting Event - August 38-30

Postby AdamMY » Fri Sep 04, 2009 3:21 am

From all the canadian whiskies I have had, They come across as rather booze like.
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Re: Canadian Whiskies Live Tasting Event - August 38-30

Postby Ganga » Sat Sep 05, 2009 3:55 am

S'tan and I will be going through a set of Canadian whiskies.

Canadian Mist
Seagrams VO
Canadian Club 6 yo
Crown Royal Special Reserve Blend

All to be sampled in glencairns. So on with the show.
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Re: Canadian Whiskies Live Tasting Event - August 38-30

Postby mikeymad » Sat Sep 05, 2009 4:00 am

Okay starting out with ganga and S'tan on the phone...

First up -- Canadian Mist 40% (at least 36 months)
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Re: Canadian Whiskies Live Tasting Event - August 38-30

Postby Ganga » Sat Sep 05, 2009 4:08 am

Canadian Mist

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chaff and grain, caramel, estery-strong, cocoanut?
spiced caramel, candy cinnamon sticks and red hots, drying
long, cinnamon candy
Surprise. After having a strong alcoholic nose, the palate was acceptable.
Medium Gold
0

at least 36 mos Years Old
0
0%
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Blended
Canada
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Glencairn
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Re: Canadian Whiskies Live Tasting Event - August 38-30

Postby Ganga » Sat Sep 05, 2009 4:09 am

Switched to big brandy glass. This provides a lot of cocoanut, caramel and apple both on the nose and palate.
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Re: Canadian Whiskies Live Tasting Event - August 38-30

Postby mikeymad » Sat Sep 05, 2009 4:11 am

C Mist...

Mostly Grain on on the Nose with a touch of Caramel on the edge.. A touch of zest...

Cinnamon (red hots) sugar, touch of red apple on the palate.

The finish is all Mouth for me. Smooth. with the touch of cinnamon returns.

Had full 50ml pour.. had a slight numbing effect on Palate

Overall it was okay... not bad, but not a lot of depth (but didn't expect much)...
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Re: Canadian Whiskies Live Tasting Event - August 38-30

Postby mikeymad » Sat Sep 05, 2009 4:16 am

Moving on to a little:

Black Velvet - 3yo 40%
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Re: Canadian Whiskies Live Tasting Event - August 38-30

Postby Ganga » Sat Sep 05, 2009 4:21 am

Seagrams VO

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grainy alcohol
caramel coated straw, dry (not dried) apples
short, apply
innocuos
pale green gold
0

NAS Years Old
0
40%
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Blended
Canada
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Glencairn
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