Kategoriarkiv: Canada

Black Velvet

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Canada
Type: Blended
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 1/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and unpleasant. There’s a big bucket of harsh young spirit together with artificial bittersweet notes of vanillin and aspartam all sitting in the middle. The butterscotch notes are pungeant and the whole thing is very unpleasant on the nose.

Mouth: It starts out with a dense unpleasant vanillin and artificial sweetness. The whole thing feels like it’s clinging to every surface of the mouth. In the background there’s a bitterness coming from a not so interesting oakiness. The harsh grain spirit is still very much present at this point.

Finish: There’s an immidiate surge of the clingy sweet butterscothy flavours and the bitter oakiness. It stays in the mouth for a long finish, which in this case isn’t a good thing. This is a very bad whisky which should not be consumed neat.

Additional information
This canadian blend was first released with the name ”Black Label” but that was changed to Black Velvet in the late 40’s. It’s a blend of corn, rye and barley, mixed before going into small toasted casks.

Lord Calvert

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Canada
Type: Blended
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 2
Impression: 1/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is thin and a bit unpleasant. Not much can be found except a note of harsh grain spirit and a weird artificial combination of sugar and vanilla (I would say vanillin and aspartam). This smells as cheap as the price tells you it should.

Mouth: It starts out very watery and quite bitter. The artificial sweet note is in there together with some juniper and anis. A tiny amount of spicyness on the tip of the toungue and maybe a hint of citrus fruits both show up after a few seconds.

Finish: A muted butterscotch note comes through within the artificial sweet flavour. There’s a small amount of bitter oak, anis, liquorice root and some dusty corn notes. There’s some astringency in the end and the oak reappears after the other flavours die down. This is an overall bad and unpleasant whisky. It should not be consumed neat and frankly, not as a mixer either.

Additional information
There’s not too much information on this canadian blended whisky. It’s aged 36 months and made from a mix of corn, rye, wheat and barley.

J.P. Wiser’s 10 YO – Triple Barrel

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Canada
Type: Blended
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 2/5

Tasting notes
Nose: Very thin and sweet. Honey, grain spirit, butterscotch and vanilla. A hint of peppermint. A feint array of rye spices comes through a long way back. It’s not very interresting and lacks any complexity.

Mouth: It starts out quite watery, but a sweetness with honey, vanilla and butterscotch builds up. There’s a spicyness on the tip of the toungue and when the flavours finally show up, the rye flavours with anis, liquorice root and a bitter bite becomes the main focus. A speck of dust gives a nudge to the 10 years spent in hibernation. The oak comes through just enough to bind it together. It builds up some richness over time.

Finish: The rye spices, anis and liquorice root, are dominating but leave room for some dusty corn notes and a hint of green apples. It leaves a dry, slightly bitter oak but it’s not very astringent. A hint of walnuts appear within the oak note. Everything is toned down and flat all the way through.

Additional information
The components in this blend are aged separatly by grain type and then married together. The three type of casks used are New oak, ex-bourbon and used canadian rye whisky casks.