Nose: When I first tried this whisky I was really impressed with the array of aromatics, which captured the spicy character of rye and balanced it with CC's signature fruitiness (despite being distilled by ADL). 750 ml later I still find that it continues to please, although
I think time and oxygen have brought the bubblegum and tobacco notes more to the forefront to the detriment of the spice. Take that as a negative or a positive, per your own preferences.
Palate: Initially I had found this one had a nice tactile bite to it; it attacked with some spicy, peppery heat that was a nice change from the excessive "smoothness" characteristic of inexpensive Canadian bottlings. It was solid in the flavour department as well, with dark bread, candied nuts, and fragrant baking spice. At the end of the bottle the searing qualities seem to have retreated(for better or for worse), and it still tastes really really nice.
Finish: I'm not really finding anything radically altered here. It's still pleasant and could stand to linger a bit longer.
Overall: My feelings towards this whisky fluctuated a bit as the fill level shrank. I loved it initially, but began to grow a bit bored of it towards the middle; it started getting the "drink it and forget it" treatment as I enjoyed it as an after work tipple without paying it much mind. I started to appreciate it more again towards the end of the bottle, and this final dram has convinced me that this is one of the best value-per-dollar sippers in the Canadian whisky category. My only major bone of contention is the 40% ABV; if Alberta Premium can bottle Dark Horse at 45%, why can't you match them CC?
At the bottom of the bottle do I think it deserves your money?
Absolutely. For $28.50 this stuff is kind of amazing.
|Goodnight, sweet prince.|