Crown Royal Hand Selected Barrel

Crown Royal Hand Selected Barrel

Price: $50 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Crown Royal / Diageo

Region: Canada

51.5% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Mashbill: 64% corn, 31.5% rye, 4.5% malted barley

Cask Type: New oak

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No



Color: Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Vanilla, honey, confectionary sugar, oak, sweet corn

Feel: Medium body

Taste: Vanilla, oak, sugar, honey, cinnamon, maple

Finish: Maple, butterscotch, cream, honey, pepper, and vanilla

Thoughts: There you go Crown, you can make a good whiskey! It’s on the sweet end, but the much-improved mouthfeel and robustness of higher proof address my beef with a lot of Canadian whiskey. Also the lack of filtration and additives help the flavor immensely.

Score: 85 out of 100


Orphan Barrel Entrapment


Price: $125 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Gimli / Diageo

Region: Canada

41% ABV

Aged For: 25 Years (Distilled 1992)

Mashbill: 97% corn, 3% barley

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon, possibly others

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No



Color: Light Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Caramel, sugar, vanilla, oak, bubblegum, butterscotch

Feel: Light bodied

Taste: Vanilla, oak, caramel, brown sugar, rum like, coconut

Finish: Light warmth and shorter finish, sweet caramel and vanilla, with coconut, rum, and confectionary sugar

Thoughts: There’s nothing offensive about this, its sweet, straightforward and an easy sipper. But this in no way warrants it’s limited release status and the price it is selling for. It’s an alright whiskey that was put in a sexy bottle and selling given the current state of the whiskey market.

Score: 80 out of 100

Whistlepig 10 Single Barrel Exit 9 W&L


Paid: $70 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Alberta Distillers / Whistlepig

Region: Canada / Vermont

60.4% ABV

Aged For: 10 Years

Mashbill: 100% rye

Cask Type: New charred oak

Chill Filtered: No



Color: Dark copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Vanilla, mint, oak, rye, herbs, pepper, cinnamon, caramel

Feel: Full bodied

Taste: Rye, cinnamon, leather, oak, caramel, vanilla, mint, and earth

Finish: Warm, and lasting, with oak, spices, sweet tobacco, coffee, cream and cinnamon

Thoughts: Not as good as the last single barrel WP I had but still a good buy in the current market, and a nice alternative to the MGP and Kentucky ryes.

Score: 87 out of 100


Lot 40 Cask Strength

Lot 40 CS

Price: $70 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Hiram-Walker & Sons / Corby Spirit

Region: Canada

55% ABV

Mashbill: 100% rye

Aged For: 12 years

Cask Type: New white oak barrels

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: Unknown



Color: Tawny

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Rye spice, heavily floral, nutmeg, oak, fennel, dill, anise

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and dry

Palate/Taste: Rye, dill, mint, sage, bay leaves, chili peppers, mint, and a sour note

Finish: Warm and lasting, with the sour note again appearing for me, dry spices, tannins, and herbs

Thoughts: This is well made rye, and everyone else who has it loves it, so I’ll be the odd man out and say that even though I can appreciate it, I didn’t enjoy it that much. The flavors are just not tuned to my palate. So when you see my score, you can view it as one of my enjoyment, not the quality of the dram.

Score: 75 out of 100

J.P. Wiser’s 18

Wiser's 18

Price: $60 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Hiram-Walker & Sons / Corby Spirit

Region: Canada

40% ABV

Aged For: 18 Years

Mashbill: Undisclosed, but no rye, high corn.

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon

Chill Filtered: Unknown, but likley

Color Added: Unknown



Color: Golden Hay

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Vanilla, vodka like grains, acetone, confectionary sugar

Feel: Watery

Taste: Vanilla, oak, toasted crackers. And white chocolate

Finish: Short with little warmth, vanilla and wood notes.

Thoughts: Pretty disappointing for an 18 year expression, its clearly been filtered and watered down too much and lost most of it’s character.

Score: 74 out of 100


J.P. Wiser’s Dissertation

Wiser's Dissertation

Price: Discontinued

Distilled/Owned by: Hiram-Walker & Sons / Corby Spirit

Region: Canada

46.1% ABV

Aged For: NAS, Approximately 12 years old

Mashbill: 87% rye, 23% corn

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No



Color: Tawny copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Caramel, rye, cinnamon, clove, pepper, oak, and sugar

Feel: Light bodied

Taste: Sweet, candy like rye, cinnamon, leather, oak, and tobacco

Finish: Medium finish, lingering pepper and cinnamon with a hint of herbs

Score: 80 out of 100


J.P. Wiser’s Last Barrels

Wiser's Last Barrels

Price: Discontinued

Distilled/Owned by: Hiram-Walker & Sons / Corby Spirit

Region: Canada

45% ABV

Aged For: 14 Years

Mashbill: 80% corn, 11% rye, 9% Barley

Cask Type: Ex-Bourbon

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: Unknown



Color: Orangish copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Bubblegum, sweet corn, oak, molasses

Feel:Medium body

Taste: Cinnamon, pepper, oak char, bubblegum, vanilla

Finish: Vanilla, caramel, medium warmth, lingering pepper and clove

Thoughts: It’s made more similar to how American Whisky is made then Canadian. I was surprised to find out most Canadian Whisky isn’t sour mash, as opposed to the majority of bourbon production.

Score: 80 out of 100