Produced at: Black Velvet Distillery in Lethbridge, Alberta.
Description: Danfield’s is marketed by Williams & Churchill but as often in Canadian whisky, it is only a brand name, and it’s made at a different distillery (The Black Velvet Distillery). Canadian laws allow them to state ‘Distilled and bottled by Williams & Churchill’ on the label. Danfield’s is made from rye, corn and malted barley in a small batch process and “blended at birth” rather than blended after separate maturation. Also, as mentioned on the label, it is passed through a diamond dust filter.
Type: Canadian Whisky/Whiskey
Expression: Limited Edition
Age: 21 Yrs
Colour: Caramel gold with a deep yellow rim.
Nose: Oak dominates the nose with fragrant fresh-cut wood and green Manitoba maple bark in a cedar closet. Canadian whisky really showcases the most pleasing aspects of oakiness and this nose is a prime example. Sweet and tart berries lead the fruit brigade along with that ‘je ne sais quoi’ fruitiness of rye. In fact, a whole range of rye aromas waft from the wood, including slight floral notes, sweet rye spices, hard rye, and wet slate. This is all nuanced by a barely perceptible pickle juice aroma. A slight dryness in the nose balances the vaguest whiff of sweet aromatics.
Palate: Sweet and creamy with lots of fragrant fresh-cut lumber, right from the start, accompanied by some soft, pulling tannins. Cedar decking and gently drying wood round out the oaky textures. Black pepper notes gradually turn into hot white pepper, then cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and other baking spices. The gingery hot spices almost burn your tongue but there are plenty of sweet spices in there too. Burnt sugar, well-integrated fruitiness, caramel, and toffee offset the heat with a balancing, almost soothing, sweetness. Flashes of sweet black fruit and ripe autumn orchards provide counterpoint. What really keeps everything under control, though, is the bitter-lemon sweetness of that signature Canadian citric zest.
Finish: Medium long. Quite hot pepper that becomes a more generic heat, one with a corn-like sweetness. The fragrant lumber notes linger faintly while a sweet fruitiness eventually fades to nothing, with some slightly sweet grape juice right near the end.
All members of our Expression in attendance loved this Canadian Whiskey!