Drink: Pike Creek Double Barrelled Whisky
Source: Coby Spirit and Wine Ltd., Toronto, Ontario
Age: 10 years
Size: 750 mL bottle
Boasting close to cask-strength ABV and a rum barrel finish, this offering from Pike Creek boasts the sweetness of demerara and Canadian whiskies.
Rich golden amber in hue, this whisky offers strong caramel, crème brûlée, and clove notes, with a warm undertone of oakiness and brown sugar.
Maple and toffee sounds on the tongue upon tasting, with a short, warm finish that induces salivation and a second dram of this soft and gently sweet whisky.
Serve with a splash of water or an ice cube to bring down the ABV to non-anaesthetic levels and let it really open up.
A fine example of balance in Canadian whiskies that eschews the sickly sweet, corn-heavy mainstream contenders.
Hoochsavvy Grade: A