|15 WHISKIES, 14 DAYS, 10 COUNTRIES|
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No! Somebody somewhere has come to their senses or market research has shown they can make money on something called Alberta Premium Dark Horse. A light from the whisky Gods shone down upon the liquor store as I walked in and made my way to the shelf. Everything went into slow motion as the realization hit me that I was staring at a reputable and highly reviewed Canadian whisky at MY liquor store??? I grabbed the bottle and cupped it close to me, hugging my precious cargo to my chest. I couldn't figure out why the cashier was looking at me the way she did and it never dawned on me once that I probably looked like I thought I won the lottery. Oh well, I was excited what can I say. Not often I feel like the local liquor anarchy has done something right!
So, last whisky to review is something new available here locally that I am super happy to say I didn't have to beg, borrow or steal to get (well, I exaggerate when I say steal, I swear!?)
|Courtesy of www.allthingswhisky.com|
ALBERTA PREMIUM DARK HORSE CANADIAN WHISKY, 45% ABV
Nose: Very aromatic, lovely spiciness of rye but with an added dimension of cherries or ripe blackberries. Very fruity. Caramelized sugar with hints of spices like cinnamon, cloves and anise. With water I began to detect a bit of oak, but it's way in the back and barely there. Water also toned down the sweetness and reminded me more of cherry blossoms.
Palate: I wasn't expecting the whisky to be so mouth watering but it was. Very oily and there's a burst of peppery spice like biting into a freshly grated piece of ginger! The usual spices of rye are there as is a faint taste of acetone (nail polish remover), slightly bitter at the back. When I added water, lemon zest with a bit of smokiness but not like peat more like the smell/flavor of a piece of wood that has been charred in a fire. Sooty, is probably more the described flavor.
Finish: A bit of sour gummy candy, still sweet but with a sour undertone that I find typically with rye, however the gummy candy is a bit of a surprise. It's a fairly long finish that is quite satisfying. Still a bit of pepper but not like I anticipated.
Empty glass: Stewed prunes and cloves still
I've heard this described as a dessert whisky which is not at all how I would categorize it. I found it to be quite full bodied, rich and fortifying in nature. I will probably enjoy this whisky when I need to feel warm from the inside out. The type that I would drink after a dog walk at -25C but not in the mood for a peated dram.
I really enjoyed this whisky and although I've only owned it for about 3 weeks, I have already put a good dent in my bottle. This is available across Canada and is approximately $30.00/bottle. It is worth every penny. I can't think of many whiskies that are below $35.00 that I regularly recommend to people. This one, I could and I will. It's a fantastic dram, it's unlike any other Canadian whisky on the market right now and even though I "judged" it because they added sherry, I accept that under our laws that's ok and it's a whisky.
So, there you have it. 15 whiskies - Started with a Canadian and gladly finished with one as well. Thank you for following me on this absolutely amazing little adventure and I will thank yet once again all the people who helped me along either by means of trade or otherwise.
It's been a very educational trip around my whiskfabric. Across this finish line and onto the next adventure!