Thanks to someone who traded me this. They are no longer on Reddit.
When last we left off, I, your intrepid hero of drinking whiskey and … uh… stuff… was trying multiple bourbon’s at a pace he’d consider “fast” and trying to write down notes to not seem too “stupid”.
He failed at both.
As such, hoping to add clarity to the dozens of fan he has, our hero (that’s a generic term, right?) goes forth, and finds a sample he traded for awhile ago to try it again.
Please stop sending me your daughters and wives and sons and husbands to impregnate them, I’m quite tired.
Joking aside, this whiskey did give me trouble when I first had it. Ignoring the fact that I was in the bag, going quick, and generally had never had it and was doing it blind, this is a different batch than the last time I reviewed Maker’s Mark Cask Strength. So there could be some variance.
This is a cask strength wheater. Let’s see how it tastes the second time, shall we?
Price: N/A at the LCBO
Colour: 10YR 4/6
Nose: Cherry, vanilla, lemon zest, brown sugar, wheat, honey, moss, oak, menthol
Big flavours. Again. But we’ve been over that. I stroked my ego pretty good. Should have read that part.
I love the cherry and vanilla here. Reminds me of all those sodas I can’t have anymore. Getting old is rough.
Taste: Maple, alcohol, cherry, pepper, strawberry, walnut
Don’t get me wrong: This starts out pretty rough. Time and a little bit of water calms it down a lot. So give it time or water, cause… it needs it.
Very nutty and fruity. Loving the red fruits.
Finish: Mint, rosemary, anise, fennel, oak, lemon, caramel, maple sugar
Where did my red fruits go?
Very herbal finish on this one. Almost jarring. Beyond some acid and some maple notes, it’s lost some of the things I really enjoyed from before. If it wasn’t the finish, I’d probably be a little harsher, as it’s disconcerting though not too rough to finish with.
Conclusion: This is what I’d love Canadian whisky to taste like. However it won’t, so I won’t lament that fact too much.
Big flavours, nice amount of complexity in quantity, and a decent finish. Not great, just because I wanted something else, but still quality finish. It’d be a better finish on a more herbal alcohol perhaps.
I’d still buy this in a heartbeat.
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