Everything worth buying 20-100% above secondary prices… complete joke. Staff is pretty obnoxious about it too… they know they have good stuff and seem to rather just keep it and make fun of you rather than sell it at secondary prices.
Package arrived a couple days ago and when I opened it I could smell Bourbon… never a good sign. Either something broke or leaked. This one was a leaker. Old Taylor Distillery Company decanter with tax seal intact from around 1970 and age stated four years. I carefully opened it and the pour was only three and a half ounces—85% had evaporated. On the positive side, the seller was fair and we agreed to a refund of around 75% to make up for it… most people in the Bourbon world are good and want to do the right thing, this was a good example of that.
Well… on to the review…
Really dark, not in a good way opaque and cloudy.
Musty basement, wet candy corn, stale graham crackers and chewed pencil. No heat.
Taste is actually better with decent spices and caramel coming through initially with a tickling mouthfeel. It does drop off a little bitter after a minute. There is a touch of enjoyable heat in the chest.
I was excited to buy this and try it but disappointed when it came mostly leaked, but it did force me to open it right away. Decanters are hit and miss in my experience. This one isn’t that bad, but nothing to seek out. 80/100. (I’ll trade/sell you a sample if you want, I still have 2oz left sealed in glass)
Unicorn alert… Single Barrel from Barrell Craft Spirits… 13yr Rye… Barrel L943, bottle #100… this clocks in at a HazMat 145.2 proof. When I saw this, I grabbed a few… don’t think I’ll ever come across a Barrell HazMat again and I strongly regret not getting enough of the ECBP 140.2 proof back when I could…
Nose… the moment you pop the cork the nose jumps out at you–before even pouring the glass. You can tell this is Canadian… maple syrup and vanilla rock candy permeates the room. With the whiskey is the glass I’m also getting Necco wafers, heavy cream, butterscotch and gingerbread houses. The crazy part is, I’m not getting much burn here on the nose, and this is HazMat!
The mouthfeel is great, completely oily covering the whole mouth. There is decent heat and you can tell it’s not bottled in bond, but it’s enjoyable and balanced. There is a strong tannin structure that goes right through the center and the finish builds up momentum with more and more flavor coming through. This is a two to three minute finish.
In one way this is very different than any of the other Barrell releases I’ve had before… but it’s also consistent with quality and nuance and putting out really good whiskies, straight from the barrel. If you can find this on the shelf, do not hesitate to grab it (or two or three!). Finding HazMat whiskies that are good are extremely hard to find, and this is one of them. Will be something that probably just goes up in value due to scarcity, but if you find them, grab two, so you can still open one. I will probably open another one once this is gone… It’s worth it! 96/100.
Special release from Canada… came out almost a year ago but I just tried it the other day after grabbing one on my last trip to Canada. 19yrs old rye finished in 48 month old seasoned oak staves. For a really good review, check out Mark Bylok’s piece, link at the bottom.
Spicy nose, cinnamon sticks, rock candy, decent heat but also some pine needles and menthol in the back.
Very unique mouthfeel… oily texture up front and then it tickles the tongue right down the middle. The tannins stick to the center of the tongue and no where else in the mouth which is really interesting. It has both a velvety texture down the middle but a jagged edge along the outside as well. There is decent heat that actually builds up, which is less than ideal. It’s a strange whiskey but so interesting.
Many people talk about balanced whiskies. I’m not sure this one is, but it’s also really good in its own way. This is one of the rare release projects from Wisers and it makes sense. This whiskey has a great up front mouthfeel and tongue tannins but has more heat than it should at the Proof and taste falls off at the end, too early and short of a finish to push it into the higher end. This is one that everyone should try, and worth picking up at the LCBO at retail, but not worth seeking out on secondary. It also is much better after cracking it for a couple days, the first pour was not great. 90/100
Hottest release of the week… everyone on Facebook wants it. Retail is $50-$60, going on secondary this week for around $100. Was higher last week and will be lower next week… in a month or two everyone will have had it and there will be no secondary premium.
Dark liquid in the bottle. Looks good. Darker label with roses embossed on glass in center. Cork and wood stopper. All nice.
Nose is floral, tropical, fruity, piney, eucalyptus and menthol. 104 proof and not too much heat. It’s not very strong but that’s OK.
The taste is average to start but the mouthfeel is above average, decent hug and the finish is long. It’s not overly complex, but it’s enjoyable.
This is a good Bourbon and a nice step up from the base Four Roses. This isn’t close to their FRSBLE, but it doesn’t pretend to be either. At $50 this is worth adding to your collection. Very different profile than OWA, but a competitor. At $50 it’s between some of your entry Bourbons, but below some of the really enjoyable cask strength offerings. Buy at retail, don’t pay up on secondary. 90/100.
This year’s special release Northern Border collection from Gooderham & Worts is a Four Grain Whiskey aged in eleven different types of casks and bottled at 49% abv.
Nice looking bottle, easy to remove cork and decently medium amber color for a Canadian Whiskey.
Really unique nose, dried peaches, dried cranberry, toffee, Honey Nut Cheerios, graham cracker crust and Christmas cookies. A touch of heat but not too much on the nose.
Very sweet on the palate with just enough warmth to let you know it’s there but smooth enough to know it’s been aged enough. The mouthfeel has lots of grip down the center of the tongue but not over enveloping to start. The finish builds throughout, never dropping or getting bitter. Very enjoyable taste.
Last year’s G&W was enjoyable but not spectacular, I think this year’s may be the best of the lot. Completely different than any other Canadian Whiskey I’ve ever had and I love it. It’s subtle though, not an overpower bomb like Lot 40 Cask Strength was last year nor as epic as Wisers 35, but this is a testament to amazing blenders that can create something epic proving 1+1=3. Well done! 94/100.
I wasn’t able to find this at retail so I had to pay up on secondary. Range is $100-$150 from what I saw. It’s a 375ml 115 Proof Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey. This was Jim Murray’s number one micro distillery whiskey of the year. And I love Garrison Brothers, so I had to try it. Aged four years.. two years in new barrel and then two more in new one.
I had it shipped to my work to save the guy on shipping and I decided to pop it on the train ride home. Always important to have a Glen Cairn with you wherever you go… #ProTip
Deep dark color, love that Garrisons color. Same great nose I’m used to, big spice, cinnamon, all-spice… then burnt brown sugar, carrot cake, fresh ginger snaps w/ candied pecans, dark espresso and cocoa. Mouthfeel is awesome, heat is enjoyable and finish is long. Some people think The Cowboy is too hot (I don’t), but this one is so approachable. It’s big but not a monster, and just a spectacular finish. Never goes bitter, never falls off. It’s just wonderful.
The bottle looks great and the juice tastes wonderful. Only knock I have is that it’s expensive, and the 375ml will go too fast. Worth the secondary price though if you are a Garrison Brothers fan. I certainly am! 96/100.
P.S. If anyone is willing to cost plus ship a bottle to me, or willing to trade something, send me a DM, I want more. Thanks!