JP Wiser’s 35 Year Old Canadian Whisky
Tasting notes from member Brad Raybould:
J.P. Wiser’s 35 year old Canadian Whisky was a pleasantly complex spirit and was deserving of the award for Canadian Whisky of the Year. The aging process had mellowed out some of the harsher elements that come with younger whiskies.
The oak is evident as your glass passes under your nose. The first sip gives you earthy notes which build as you continue to enjoy your drink. I must mention that a fellow whisky enthusiast remarked they found the earthy tones overpowering and did not care for them.
It finishes on a sweet honey note, I felt that this was maple but that may have just been wishful thinking of a Canadian drinking an award winning Canadian Whisky.
Overall this was an enjoyable spirit I would have again, if I was lucky enough to find one of what has quickly become a rare bottle.
This 35-year-old whisky is part of the 2017 Northern Borders Rare Collection drawn from some of the oldest Hiram Walker bonds. It’s a traditional Canadian whisky composed of corn whisky aged in ex-bourbon barrels blended with column and pot still rye aged in virgin oak barrels. Bottled at 50% alcohol. Limited availability in Canada with a very limited allocation in Europe and the US.
Dr. Livermore Master Blender at JP Wisers is one of few people with a PhD in distilling. This complex whisky is the result of his studies in the effects of barrels on whisky. The best kept secret of long-aged whisky it seems, is that oxidation of the spirit itself contributes greatly to flavour development, and this process also takes time. Lots of it. Wood is just a part of the process. The result is a hugely flavourfiul, beautifully balanced whisky, and one that Livermore calls his proudest accomplishment to date. That says a lot considering all the glorious beauties emerging from the Pike Creek warehouses these days.
Virgin oak imparts bronze colour and fruity character to this whisky. Green apple, pear, and honey with rye spices on the nose and orchard fruit balanced with oak on the palate.
J.P. Wiser’s Dissertation is bottled at 46.1% abv.
Nose: Sweet, maple syrup with a whisp of vanilla, hints of oak, and a touch of citrus
Palate: Sweet, creamy and syrupy with woody barrel notes, vague vanillas, and with a touch of berries . A relaxed heat develops into a warm spicy glow
Finish: Hot and sweet, creamy smooth, and spicy.
After having a strong tasting glass full, I was left wanting for more of this sweet stroke of Canadian Whisky brilliance. Highly recommended and currently still available at the L|Co here in Ontario.