flavoured whiskies and cocktails

THE APPLES

Crown apple

Alc. 35%

Bottle:

Typical of a crown royal bottle. Green label.

Nose:

Soft, overripe macintosh apples, foamy banana and cotton candy. Incredibly sweet nose with vanilla and candy shop impressions. White grape juice. Big, clustered, artificial nose with no trace of spirit.

Palate:

Super sweet, apples with a touch of baking spice with just enough black pepper finish. Mimicking the nose with boiled candies, soft apples, spun sugar and artificial banana. Floral.

Overall:

Nice with soda.

Wisers apple

Alc. 35%

Bottle:

Pretty standard rectangular bottle with a granny smith green label. black screw top lid.

Nose:

Soft red apples, foamy banana, cotton candy and soft pastel candies.  Spice lads to hinting of baked goods. Very smooth on the nose.

Palate:

Very sweet and pleasantly spicy. Over ripe, soft red apples, rye and brown spice, black pepper and cinnamon hearts. Beery sourness. white grape juice.

Overall:

The most natural tasting apple whisky yet.

Jim beam apple

Alc. 35%

Nose:

Plump, overripe red apples, fresh blossoms, foamy bananas, although artificial. Some spirit pokes through, icing sugar, vanilla. Simple soft nose focusing on mushy red apple flesh.

palate:

Sweet sour Macintosh Apple, soft bourbon notes, orange syrup. Banana and subtle spirit. Sweet, thick and peppery exit

Overall:

Its ok. Ill have another.

THE HONEYS

Forty creek honey spiked

Alc. 40%

Nose:

Honeycomb and vanilla. Soft toffee. Clove, cinnamon. Grassy.
palate:

Sweet, lightly spiced, honeyed. Pleasant. Not sticky as expected. White truffles.

Overall: not bad.

Jack daniels honey

Alc. 35%

Nose:

Toffee, milk chocolate and incredibly floral honey, which is pleasantly dominant. Sweet nose with a touch of oak and no spirit.

Palate:

Super smooth and sweet cream entry, some mint-chocolate candies, and floral honey. Some brown spice and beefy oak in the finish, and this cleanly fades with no trace of alcoholic burn. Velvet in the mouth and throat.

Overall:

Legendary. The best flavored whisky I’ve ever tasted. Outstanding as a spirit.

Jim beam honey

Alc. 35%

Bottle:

Nose:

Floral honey and milk chocolate off the first whiff, followed by some faint apples and just the slightest teasing at some bourbon at the end. Smooth on the nose. Some spirit starts to poke through, but otherwise a very simple nose. Non complex.

Palate:

Sweet. Spicy. Thick and creamy. Floral honey and milk chocolate are consistent to the nose, with some decent barrel notes, brown spice, spice cake and some pleasant artificial fruit flavor impressions. A little sticky on the palate, which fades into a sweet, minty finish.

Overall:

Pretty good. Compared to honey jack, this seems to be a bit more focused on a beefy whisky profile, while the honey is dominating and ever present.

THE CINNAMONS

Fireball

Alc. 33%

Bottle:

they seem to have updated the label from an old speed racer comic book cover to a blatant plagiarism of the Scottish lion. The bottle still looks like a cough syrup bottle. Flat and shouldered. We’ve learned from the past that a flat bottle shatters quite easily.

Nose:

I let this air out in my tasting room for almost an hour prior to tasting and all I can smell is artificial cinnamon essence. Cinnamon hearts, fireball candy, big toes and big red chewing gum. Light young spirit comes out overtop the artificial cinnamon.

Palate:

Overwhelming fake cinnamon takes the front and middle while fading into an actual whisky taste when the fake essence lifts. It tastes like a very young corn whisky actually. This is very oily stuff, sweet and theres some burnt crème brulee hiding in the palate, with, oooh, cayenne! This boasts heavy fake cinnamon and is riddled with cooked sugar notes. Its thick and has strong profiles of caramel, toffee, mc D’s honey sauce and a little vanilla extract. I taste no oak.

Overall:

Gross.

Jack daniels Tennessee fire

Alc. 35%

Bottle:

the same presentation of the old no.7 but this is dressed with a firetruck red label.

Nose:

Cinnamon hearts are exploding from the glass. The cinnamon smells quite artificial, like the flavouring in candies, rather than cassia bark. Slightest essence of apples, but this really focuses on cinnamon. There is the lightest feint of an oaky corn whiskey, but its difficult to detect.

Palate:

Somewhat sweet, heavily drowned in cinnamon hearts. Thin, but syrupy. A quick finish with a sweet cayenne ending. Basic, hot and uninspiring.

Overall:

I would avoid a second glass

THE MAPLES

Canadian club chairmans maple

Alc. 35%

Nose:

Maple cookies, maple sugar and familiar liqueurs. Dry wood, dusty spirit hides behind sweet profile. Butterscotch pudding. Touch of mint.
Taste:

Sweet butterscotch pudding, maple leaf candies, maple glaze, icing sugar, minimal alcoholic burn. A bit floral and perfumed. Simple. Sweet.

Overall:

Tame, delivers on its name.

Gibson’s 100th grey cup

Alc. 40%

Bottle:

Gibsons carries a very similar bell and stalk type of bottle shape which doesn’t change from bottle to bottle. Its squat and stout. The label is a cool looking football shape smattered with the image of the grey cup and a maple leaf. It has a black plastic screw top.

Nose:

Through and through dried tobacco and that does not change. It smells dry and tannic. Clean oak and  slight cleaning chemicals. Some dry brown sugar, deep notes of molasses, dry and dusty rye backed up by some baking spices. Clean sawdust.

Palate:

The driving aroma of the tobacco follows on the palate as well. There is some surprising chocolate, sawdust, butter and just a little hint of maple, which is pleasing. Coating, creamy palate with some charred corn and a touch of mint. Fades out sweet with some aggressive rye spice which edges out any chance of overwhelming maple sweetness. Very smooth.

Overall:

Lightly flavored and focused on whisky. pretty enjoyable.

Crown royal maple

Alc. 40%

Bottle:

No surprises here, If you’ve seen a crown royal bottle before. The difference is that this one sports a burgundy label on it, with the word maple smeared across like a stop sign.

Nose:

The nose is quite easy to predict, because you can smell an open glass from five feet away. Seriously! So, we have an opening of maple. Imitation maple, brown sugar, sugar in the raw, soft toffee, a little oak, butterscotch pudding, holiday spices and pancake syrup. Theres some candy cane poking around in there hidden behind the layered maple leaf cookies and nutmeg. The nose is complex, but it doesn’t evolve or tend to change much.

Palate:

So smooth. This tastes like candy. Black magic chocolate truffles, mint leaves, milk chocolate, brown sugar, toffee, soft pulled nougat and brown sugar. This is rich and creamy and very sweet. There are whisky aspects to this as well. The baking spices seem to come in the middle with corn and bourbon and finish with light black pepper, but all the while battles the same imitation maple taste that was introduced from the nose.

Overall:

Flop.

THE VANILLAS

Wiser’s spiced vanilla

Alc. 43%

Bottle:

Typical rectangular prism blocked out by a gigantic beige colored label blatantly labeling spiced and vanilla before the wisers in recognized, which is fortunate. I would hate for this to be the only impression of wisers products.

Nose:

thick glucose and vanilla with headache inducing spice. Cinnamon.

Palate:

sugar and spice. Ambiguous and incomprehensible. Sugary, thick and full of spirit. Fake flavouring clogging the palate and making it hard to judge what it is im tasting exactly. Thick with cooked sugar and glucose. A little woody expression enveloped in murky, burnt vanilla tobacco. Hot, hot cinnamon and sprinkles of other baking spice extracts. Short and horny.

Overall:

Mixer

HOW TO ENJOY

Apple whiskies

Apple whisky goes great in a tall cocktail of soda and a splash of lemon

Honeyed whisky

Brew a tea with ginger, lemon and a sprinkle of cayenne. Let cool slightly and sweeten with some honeyed whisky in a warm toddy.

Maple whiskies

Shake over ice with a dash of bitters, like you would an old fashioned, but omit any sugar. Garnish with an orange peel. I call it ‘the hilchie’ to commemorate a dear friend who inspired this cocktail.

Cinnamon whiskies

Mix equal parts cinnamon whisky, irish cream and butterscotch schnapps in a chilled shooter.

Vanilla whiskies

Mix with coke. truth be told, im a sucker for vanilla coke.