Wiser’s One Fifty is a special bottling of Wiser’s. It was released for the 150th year of Canada being a country… ruled by European’s. Before that it goes for 10,000 some odd years, and even before that the fish had it.
But it’s 150 years of this country I call home being called that. We still need to fix things, however we’re doing alright for healthcare and living conditions, right?
Wiser’s Double Rye is a blend of corn and rye grain that has been aged in new oak since the year 2000. In total, there were 7,827 bottles made, and each one is unique.
Why that many? Because there’s been 7,827 weeks between July 1, 1867 and July 1, 2017.
Now if you want me to explain why parts of Canada had a giant rubber duck, I can’t on that one.
Let’s see how this tastes, shall we?
Price: $49.95 CAD at the LCBO
Bottle Number: 7793 (the week in which the TWS started)
Colour: 2.5Y 7/8
Nose: Maple, sugar crystals, pine, corn, custard, ginger, perfume
Fairly standard Canadian whisky nose. It grows with complexity with time, giving out more perfume and custard notes.
It’s a tad sweet though, so keep that in mind. Has some rough notes there.
Taste: Maple, caramel, cloves, corn, cinnamon
Starts out simple with the same concern: Quite a bit too much, you need to give this some time.
Eventually some spice comes on the taste, as well as some corn, and the sweets turn it down a tad.
Finish: Wheat, maple, salt, cardboard, ginger, oak
Finish has a rough note in it that I’m not loving. I like the wheat, the finish isn’t overly sweet, and there’s not too much wood here.
However there’s a cardboard note that pops up that I’m not loving.
Conclusion: At the end of the day, I enjoyed this, however there were parts that I felt need some work. It’s a bit too sweet, the taste needs the spice to come out sooner, and the finish has a rough note.
It’s a nice dram to sip on. And if you can find the week you were born, then that’s pretty cool. I’d probably go for one of their other limited editions over this one though.
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