Centennial 10 Year
Centennial // Alberta, Canada
Highwood Distillers, in High River, Alberta, make most of their whisky from wheat, and may well be the only major distillery with no mill. Instead, they cook the wheat whole until it bursts open like popcorn to reveal the starch inside. A devastating flood in 2013 wiped out much of the distillery, but thankfully, spared the warehouses where this Centennial whisky lay sleeping.
CanadianDISTILLED IN CANADA AND AGED IN BARRELS FOR AT LEAST THREE YEARS; OFTEN (BUT NOT ALWAYS) CANADIAN WHISKIES ARE BLENDS OF CORN, BARLEY, AND RYE WHISKIES WHICH WERE DISTILLED AND MATURED SEPARATELY. TRADITIONALLY, CANADIAN WHISKEY IS CALLED “RYE”, ALTHOUGH NO MINIMUM PERCENTAGE OF RYE-GRAIN WHISKY IS REQUIRED IN A BLEND.
Cask TypeCharred Oak
"This blend of soft, ten-year-old wheat whisky and equally-aged spicy rye seems simple at first. Before long though, subtle citrus notes, hints of sweet flowers and savory spices join cloves, cinnamon, hot ginger and blistering pepper on a creamy butterscotch palate. Sip it again and you’d swear you taste the nuttiness of barley and the creaminess of corn, though neither was used in making this whisky. Finishes with a pleasant, cleansing bitterness and hints of barrel. "