Laird of Fintry Single Malt Cask Strength
Single Malt — Vernon, British Columbia, Canada
Reviewed March 2, 2021
Laird of Fintry is the flagship offering from the Okanagan distillery in Canada’s premier wine growing region. (That’s not a windup. Canadian wine is really a thing!) I’m writing this from my home in Kelowna, so this award-winning whisky is from the home team. It’s a luscious deep orange in colour, with a nose of dried apricots that recalls the other big crop of the region. It’s poky, at 56%, and quite viscous on the glass. The first taste, unwatered, is vivid, sweet, and fruity-a veritable avalanche of honey and stone fruit, with a lovely long almond finish-but perhaps a little cloying. A splash of water eases the sweetness down a notch, bringing out red licorice, marmalade and beeswax notes. This whisky recalls Glenmorangie’s Nectar D’Or, but even more dessert orientated. It’s completely different from most Canadian drams, which are spicy and rye-heavy, leaning more towards a sweet, high-corn American whisky like JD. If you enjoy a Gewürztraminer or an ice wine, you’ll love this-and I do!
From sentence one I was thinking of ice wine jokes and then you cut my legs out from under me at the end. Good notes though. Sounds interesting.