Before looking up the details of the Orphan Barrel Entrapment I said to myself “Self, this smells and tastes like Crown Royal with some oak extract dumped in it”. Lo-and-behold I was right… about the Crown Royal part. The oak is because it’s two-and-a-half decades old. In Orphan Barrel’s Words: Orphan Barrel Entrapment “Distilled in… Continue!
Stalk and Barrel Single Malt hails from one of the new breed of whisky distillers in Canada – Still Waters Distillery. Started by two guys named Barry, it was Ontario’s first micro-distillery and was among the first micro-distillers in Canada. They helped pave the way for the modern rebirth of distilling in Canada, but instead… Continue!
Shelter Point Single Malt is an “artisanal” single malt from Canada’s burgeoning craft/artisanal/micro-distilling scene/movement. So many names for the same damn thing which is a revival of small distilleries in the world. But unlike what’s happening in America where folks are trying, and often failing, to make a good bourbon on a small scale, up… Continue!
Alberta Dark Batch Rye is unique, it’s interesting, it’s tasty and probably most importantly it’s something that even our lax US TTB would never approve to be called a rye. Made from 91% Canadian rye (blend of a 12 year and a 6 year), 8% Bourbon (Old Grand-Dad) and 1% sherry. This isn’t just something wholly new… Continue!
Canadian Club 100% Rye Whisky is the rye component of what would normally go into Canadian Club whisky. A typical Canadian whisky is made of corn, rye and barley that are each distilled and aged separately and then blended together before bottling. This blend is sometimes then put into other barrels for finishing or additional… Continue!
Forty Creek Double Barrel Reserve… what are you all about? Looking at this bottle and thinking about all the other Canadian whiskies I’ve had, including all of the other Forty Creeks I’ve had, I’m not too excited. It’s not that Canadian whisky is bad whisky, it’s just not my style of whisky. For me it’s not… Continue!
Forty Creek Confederation Oak gets it’s name from the barrels it was aged in. All components of this whiskey spent some time aged in barrels made from Canadian oak trees that were over 150 years old which means they started growing before the Canadian Confederation (1867). On their site Forty Creek talks about the actual… Continue!
To make the Forty Creek Barrel Select master distiller John Hall starts by distilling three different whiskies. A rye whisky, a barley whisky and a corn whisky that he puts into separate casks and allows them to age in their own right. Once they’re “ready” he blends the three separate components together to create the… Continue!
Crown Royal was among the first whiskies I drank. The bottle looked impressive at parties in college and it made a nice shooting companion next to the obligatory Jack and Jim. Plus we thought the signature purple bag was petty “on fleek” as I hear the kids say today and we used them for everything… Continue!
Crown Royal Hand Selected Barrel is Crown Royal’s entry into the single barrel game. It’s their way of becoming one of the cool kids and offer us a glimpse into what’s happening inside that distillery of theirs one barrel at a time and you know what… I like that. I know it’s not a major… Continue!