Century Reserve 21 Year Canadian Whisky
Highwood // Alberta, Canada
The bottle’s label may say “Canadian Rye Whisky” but this is 100% corn whisky. Rye is a popular alias for Canadian Whisky. German and Dutch immigrants added small amounts of rye-grain flour to their mashes to boost the flavor of their whisky. They called this new whisky style “rye” and it quickly became so popular that Canadian Whisky was branded “Rye” regardless of the grain composition. There are now just a few 100% corn whiskies made in Canada. Note: This is not currently available in the U.S.
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.
"Balanced like a tightrope walker strolling along a 2x4. Butterscotch and honey are layered into a whisky where every rough edge has been sanded down and polished. Thick and juicy maple syrup confections develop in the mouth with very faint traces of Tabasco sauce merged with popcorn and graceful oak. It’s very elegant and not as woody as you’d expect from the 21 year old age statement. Spices build in the long finish but they’re restrained and do not impose themselves on the overall complexity."