Woodford Reserve Four Wood – 05 November 2013

Produced at: Woodford Reserve Distillery.

Description: Your Master’s Collection is an intriguing idea in principle – one limited release every year or so that focuses on playing with one of the “five sources of flavor – grain, water, fermentation, distillation, and maturation.” This is the seventh edition, and the twist this time is that the Woodford Reserve bourbon was aged in four types of wood – American oak as the original aging barrel to maturity, then maple, Sherry barrels, and Port barrels for finishing before blending together. “As with all previous Masters Collections, Four Wood is a limited release with just 336 bottles available for sale nationally.”

Type: Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Expression: Master’s Collection
ABV: 47.2%

Tasting Notes:

Colour: Rich Orange Caramel.
Nose: Full, rich and buttery with an intensely fruity (apple, dried cherry, baked peach) character that is sweetened with hints of maple syrup and toffee.
Palate: Warm and full-bodied with a medley of baked fruit character that layers over a nutty, spicy range of honeyed oak and caramel.
Finish: Long warm and sensuous.


Bottle #29

90%  of our Expression members in attendance loved this Bourbon!

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Woodford Reserve Master Collection New & Aged Cask Rye – 07 October 2013

Produced at: Woodford Reserve Distillery.

Description: Founded in 1838 by Elijah Craig, Woodford Reserve Distillery is the oldest Kentucky bourbon distillery still in operation today. Under the stewardship of Oscar Pepper, Craig’s oldest son, and master distiller James Crow, the distillery improved and modernized the process of producing whiskey in the United States – it introduced the concepts of sour mashing, yeast propagation and copper pot distillation. A slightly different addition to the Woodford Reserve Masters Collection – a pair of half bottles of rye whiskies, one aged in a new American cask (like almost all other American whiskies) and the other in a refill cask that once held bourbon. The former shows off the casks flavours and the latter those of the spirit – an interesting examination of maturation process.

Type: Whisky/Whiskey, American Rye
Expression: Reserve New & Aged
ABV: 47.2%

Tasting Notes:

Woodford Reserve New Cask Rye Whiskey has an aroma of brown sugar, caramel and a hint of spice. The aroma opens up to notes of cinnamon, woody spices and honey on the palate, and leads to a lingering, spicy finish that is noticeably warm.

Woodford Reserve Aged Cask Rye has a lighter color than New Cask Rye, along with an aroma of honey and molasses. The initial notes of brown sugar, toffee and milk chocolate are complemented by notes of burnt sugar and caramelized oranges, and lead to a smooth, soft finish.


Bottle #28 A-B

90%  of our Expression members in attendance loved this duo Rye!

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The Spirits of Kingston Whisky Festival 2014

Coming into its second year, the Spirits of Kingston Whisky Festival promises once again to deliver with style.  A number of PWS Fort Henry brothers attended last year’s event, and thoroughly enjoyed a fantastic evening.  Sylvain Bouffard has a great plan for this year’s event, and I have no doubt that it will be an evening (day) to remember. Tickets go on sale 15 November 2013, and I am sure it will sell out quickly.


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Connemara Peated Cask Strength – 17 September 2013

Produced at: Cooley Distillery.

Description: Unique to the world of Irish whiskeys, Connemara Cask Strength is the only Irish whiskey to be produced from its natural strength. Natural, undiluted and not chill-filtered or coloured in any way, the level of alcohol differs between bottlings, and so labels are printed specially for each batch. Connemara is a blend of aged whiskies, a 4 year, a 6 year and an 8 year. Company representatives tell me that the 4 year old gives the whiskey a level of vibrancy, while the 8 year old adds depth to the whiskey while the 6 year old is needed to marry them together.

Type: Whisky/Whiskey, Irish
Expression: Cask Strength
ABV: 57.9%

Tasting Notes:

Colour: Pale golden yellow.
Nose: Expressive aroma with a vibrant presence of malt and peaty smokiness.
Palate: Smooth, melodious taste with a superb mix of fruit and peat.
Finish: Strong spice bite in the finish that dominates but doesn’t overwhelm the delicious creamy peatiness.


Bottle #27

60%  of our Expression members in attendance loved this whisky!

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Maker’s Mark 46 – 27 August 2013

Produced at: Makers Mark Whisky Distillery

Description: Maker’s Mark, long famous for their flagship marque, recently introduced Maker’s Mark 46, the first new product in over 50 years from this distillery. Charred French oak staves are inserted inside the barrel and an additional 2 to 3 months of aging have created a bourbon that is both true to the classic Maker’s Mark heritage and yet a world-class whiskey on its own merits. This is a very well crafted whiskey, one that will do double duty as both a whiskey to be enjoyed on its own as well as turned into cocktails.

Type: Bourbon
ABV: 46.4%

Tasting Notes:

Colour: Deep copper with orange highlights.
Nose: Toffee sweetness and the saw dust from freshly cut wood. Has a very toasty aroma, with sweet spices and deep, thick caramel.
Palate: Creamy and very soft. Then it opens up, in fact it explodes with spiciness which concentrates on the tip of the tongue. It’s on nutmeg, mulled wine spices, allspice, cinnamon, also a hint of hot apple juice.
Finish: A natural progression of the palate with the sweet spices and it concentrates on the tongue – this may be one of the few times you’ll notice a concentration of sweetness like this from a bourbon. It also becomes grassy after a minute or so.


2014 Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible – Liquid Gold Award

All members of our Expression in attendance loved this Bourbon!

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Promo Code for Bourbon Trail

I get an email from this site every once in a while and thought this one was worth sharing.

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Hawaiian Adventures

Day 1 of the big trip to the Big Island has started with a bang. Now that you’re expecting something exciting let me let you down gently. Got up, did the 3s’, completed some domesticated husband work (watched the weather, news and sports. Big shout out to my buddy A-Rod! If you weren’t a Yankee you’d be a dick). Turns out last night we had our first Kanata raccoon attack. Noisy little buggers tipped the garbage can but got me into Chuck Norris mode with nothing but a flashlight and knife to protect my beloved as I “cleared” each room in the house looking for victims of the Ginger wrath I was willing to lay down. Once all was clear I clawed back into bed and my wife said one of the hottest things a wife can say to you. “I’m ok with you getting a gun”. Schawing! Denny Crane.
Back to the here and now. Dearest mother drove us to YOW being the best mother out there. Well, mother in law is pretty awesome too. Not only did she bring up a great daughter but she’s looking after 4 turtles and one Linus. Quite a lady.

Security today is scary. Not a post 9-11 scary but a downtown Detroit scary. Where is everyone? It’s a ghost town in here and the whiskey selection is crap. Something is tingling my ginger senses and I’m hoping my side kick is ready to handle the potential zombie/sharknado Dante esk phenomenon that may be brewing. Or maybe my drugs are kicking in and my mind is enjoying the bliss that opiate pain killers provide.

Insert transition…I can’t spell seg-way. Breakfast was dirty, greasy and expensive. Airport like. But let’s not dwell on sustenance, it’s shopping time. MTF

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Bytown West

PWS Bytown West is the newest expression of the Pacific Whisky Society located in the National Capital Region. The Pacific Whisky Society was founded in Victoria, BC on the simple idea of bringing whisky connoisseurs together to combine resources and forces in the enjoyment of increasingly expensive and rare whiskies. What emerged, and continues to expand, is that the Society is a great way for new and old friends to get together to share fantastic whiskies and the absorption of a broad range of whisky… knowledge!

We at PWS Ottawa look forward to meeting and welcoming new like minded lovers of the water of life in pursuit of the perfect dram….may we never find it.  If you are interested send an email to Ottawa@pacificwhiskysociety.com


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Danfield’s Limited Edition 21 Years Old Whisky – 16 July 2013

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
ABV: 40%

Tasting Notes:

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.

Bottle #25

All members of our Expression in attendance loved this Canadian Whiskey!

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Dun Bheagan Islay 2003 – 24 June 2013

Produced at: Distillery Lagavulin

Description: The distillery was founded in 1816 on the South shore of Islay, also known as ‘Kildalton’. The Lagavulin distillery was built a year after neighbours Laphroaig and Ardbeg and almost a century before the Malt Mill distillery was erected on the grounds of Lagavulin. The Islands and Islay: Pronounced “eye-luh,” Islay is the most famous whisky-producing island in Scotland. Home to ten working distilleries today, Islay is known for its robust, smoky, and heavily peated whisky.

Type: Whisky/Whiskey, Single Malt Scotch Non chill-filtered
Expression: Limited Edition
Age: 8 Yrs
ABV: 43%

Tasting Notes:

Colour: Medium amber, copper. I would not bet on caramel here however, medium bodied in the glass.
Nose: At first, thick cigarillo ashes, creamy peat, brine, light butter caramel, burnt toffee, more ashes, but not like white ashes… more like black ashes, cigarette smoke, touches of tar, sweetness.
Palate: Ashes, peat, pepper, creamy toffee, sour ashes, brine, plastic (not off putting), ether. A high contender for Islay considering the price. Some suggest it’s a 8 years old Lagavulin. Considering the ashes, I would disagree. However, the light peat-brine-caramel profile reminds me of the Lagavulin. Water brings more caramel and pepper to the front row. Focuses more on hot ashes and peat. Still, I guess neat is the best way to go here. Certainly a very enjoyable Islay.
Finish: smoke, peat, bring, salted water, calcium, eucalyptus, lingering peat, light ashes, yet not as strong as Ardbeg or Laphroaig for that matter.


Bottle #24

90%  of our Expression members in attendance loved this peated Scotch!

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