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Canadian whisky has never been my top choice when it comes to drinking whisky neat. I usually reach for scotch, japanese whisky or bourbon. I typically think of canadian whisky as a mixer whisky but I took a chance on this one because of its age (not sure I know of many canadian whiskies aged this long outside of the 42 year old that canadian club released the following year) and some very strong reviews.
At $300, it's obviously not cheap, but for that money you would be lucky to get a scotch half that age. However, if you consider not all of the contents are 41 years old, it probably makes sense it "only" costs that much.
The whisky in the glass is much lighter than I expected, so there may be a chance they didnt alter the whisky with 9.09% of sherry/cognac/rye, maybe some percent less. Its definitely there though, as the nose hints at sherry, along with barley. The palate brings some spice, dried fruit and honey. The oak is clearly there but not as overwhelming as I would have thought, maybe thanks to the younger rye. The finish brings a bit more heat than expected but there is still a nice sweet spice to it.
I'm a bit conflicted on this one, I would have loved to see how this would have tasted unaltered. It's still very good though. Is it worth $300, I guess it depends on your opinion of canadian whisky. If you are a fan, it's a must buy, but if you have any hesitations I would probably pass unless you can find it cheaper.