Whisky

Wiser’s Deluxe Whisky

Wiser's is the fifth most popular whisky brand in Canada. Wiser Deluxe is also available in most US states and select market around the world. It was originally distilled in 1857 by J.P. Wiser and is aged for 10 years in oak barrels. It is a traditional Canadian blend. It is also the fastest growing Canadian whisky brand, and that has a lot to do with its bolder than normal flavour. For the… [Continue]

Manhattan Cocktail Redux

Recently I’ve been musing about the Manhattan Cocktail and with Woodford Reserve and Esquire Magazine launching the “Craft the Ultimate Manhattan” contest, it has given me an opportunity to put my thoughts to pixels. Why? Because the recent trend in Manhattans has been to make it the absolutely most flavourful… [Continue]

Johnnie Walker Swing

Johnnie Walker SwingThe house of Johnnie Walker has been a mainstay in the scotch market for many years. For good or bad, they have created whisky branding that is easy for the average consumer to identify and define the quality of the spirit in the bottle. Obviously I'm talking about the Red,… [Continue]

Ability to Distinguish Whisky from Brandy

This is the second part of a write up on a persons ability to distinguish one spirit from another. Part one was Malt vs Blended whisky and this part is brandy vs whiskey. In the first research paper it was concluded that an inexperienced whisky drinker could not distinguish between a single malt or blended scotch. Also, experienced… [Continue]

Crown Royal

To start my Canadian whisky review I figure I should start with the royalty of Canadian whisky, Crown Royal, and one of the standards by which I'll judge other Canadian whiskies. Almost everyone who drinks whisky has heard, tasted or observed Crown Royal sitting on the back bar. Crown Royal was one of the first super premium spirits when it was created in 1939 for King George VI and Queen Elizabeth… [Continue]

Old Unopened Bottles of Whiskey

It seems people are finding lots of old bottles of whisky that are still sealed and are wondering whether they are still good and what the value of the bottle would be. For the most part any bottle of unsealed high proof spirit should be safe, as we’ve seen by the sales of very old scotch whiskies. As for the value of these old bottles it will depend on the type of spirit and the stated age… [Continue]

Seagrams VO

Seagrams VOThe Seagram's brand has a long history in the whisky market. Seagram’s VO is a very common whisky in North America and many bartenders use it on their rails, since it is the whisky included in the "Diageo rail" (Captain Morgan white rum, Tanqueray gin, Smirnoff vodka). It seems every bar… [Continue]

Alberta Premium Rye Whisky

Alberta Premium Canadian whisky is an enigma. It’s an affordable, run of the mill, 5 year old whisky made from 100% rye grain. But it is also highly regarded and even considered to be the best Canadian whiskies, according to Jim Murray. What we do know is that Alberta Premium is a 100% rye whisky made in Canada that is readily available. Alberta Springs is another 100% rye that is aged for… [Continue]

Maker’s Mark Bourbon

Makers Mark BourbonOne of my favorite bourbons is Maker's… [Continue]

Forty Creek Barrel Select Whisky

There are very few independent Canadian whisky distillers left, but Forty Creek is one of them, and a good one at that. The Forty Creek distillery is located between Toronto and Niagara Falls, Ontario. It is operated by John Hall who has been a wine producer for over 20 years, and to scratch an itch, he began making whisky in the early 1990's. When he started to think… [Continue]

Balvenie Signature 12 Year Old

The recent upswing in popularity of spirits has had good and bad effects. The good part is that there are many more options for the consumer, with the healthy competition producing gads of new products. The bad part is that to fill the demand many companies have cut back on quality, and put it into marketing. At what point does the marketing overshadow the tradition of a product? To some it might… [Continue]

Corby’s Royal Reserve

Royal ReserveRoyal Reserve is the name of a whisky distilled by Corby’s, a major Canadian distiller that was bought by Hiram Walker a few years ago. With all the mergers going on in the spirit world, it’s hard to say who own’s Corby now. The one thing that Corby has done… [Continue]

Schenley OFC Whisky

Schenley OFCSchenley OFC was first made in 1955 at the Schenley distillery in Valleyfield, Quebec. According to the manufacturer/distributor Schenley OFC is the most decorated Canadian whisky. It has won 25 Gold Medals for product excellence… [Continue]

Still Waters Distillery

Starting a distillery from scratch can be a daunting task, especially in Canada, but the gentlemen at Still Waters Distillery have succumbed to their passion and taken the leap anyway. For cocktail aficionados they are planning to produce a 100% rye whisky, but with aging that is a few years away. Single malt whiskies… [Continue]

Spirit Resources

If you've found an old bottle of whisky, rum, cognac or wine in a dank old basement, it might be worth something. Below is a list of sites that might be interested brokering the sale of the product or offering an appraisal.

Important Notes!

1. You will need to provide a clear photograph of the product to these sites if you want to get their attention. Don't… [Continue]

A Story About Whisky

whiskey ice The subject of whisky is one of those topics that can go on forever. There are magazines and websites dedicated to just one particular whisky region, there are zealots who defend their brand with the same heart one would defend a country. Then there are… [Continue]

Burnt Island Cocktail

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