Thought I'd post some notes on a Canadian whisky I just picked up.
Centennial is a Canadian whisky distilled in Alberta by Highwood Distillers. It's made from wheat and rye, which sets it apart from most Canadians, and aged for 10 years in chilled and charred oak (never heard of casks being chilled before).
The bottle is worth mentioning. It's sleek and long-necked with a striking label and a cork top, also unusual in Canadian whisky. The whisky is pale gold, attesting to the lack of added colouring (I believe most of Highwood's whiskies are free of additives).
The nose is clean and light. Very slight fruitiness, a hint of cherries, and an earthen aroma like a moss-covered log. On the palate there is immediate spiciness. Chewy caramel and brown sugar, but not sweet and cloying like a typical entry-level Canadian. Quick fade, some slight oaky bitterness.
This is a different style of whisky from its mainstream contemporaries like Canadian Club Reserve and Wiser's Deluxe. More comparable to Alberta Springs. It has more flavour and bite than its 15-year-old Century Reserve counterpart, but is otherwise quite similar. It actually reminds me of what bourbon might taste like if you were to remove that sweet, oily corn flavour. Must be the spice and cherry that makes me think of it.