Rare Whiskey Announcement: New Canadian Whiskey Guild Releases.
Just in time to totally miss Christmas, we have three new rare release Canadian Whiskies. These are part of the ‘Canadian Whiskey Guild’, a line of whiskies developed in the late 1990s by Hiram Walker. Originally designed to create a new “ultra premium” Canadian Whiskey category, the line never really resonated with consumers and quietly went duty-free only, and nearly disappeared.
Now owned by Wisers, the line has been rejuvenated in the last couple years, with Pike Creek in particular being re-launched with a new Rum Finish. This is a new, highly limited release from this line, with less than 15 six-packs released in Alberta of each:
- Lot #40 12yr. Old Cask Strength: The standard Lot 40 is a sticky, sweet, bready Rye with tons of typical cereal spice. The new Cask Strength is the first Lot 40 with an age statement, and at Cask Strength, this more closely resembles an excellent American Rye than a Canadian example. Big, punchy, and bursting with that white pepper/dill/bran/cinnamon spice so typical of great Rye. $67.50
- Gooderham & Worts “Little Trinity” 17yr: The little trinity refers to the three grains used to make this (and most other) Canadian Whiskey: Rye, Corn, and Wheat. Compared to the dense, sticky power of the Lot 40, this is a lighter, airier, and more scotch-like experience. Delicate and refined, this is an outstanding example that would be a great fit for people who enjoy the Gibson’s Finest 18yr. Venerable. $78.95
- Finally, Pike Creek 21yr Speyside Cask Finish. Only 3900 bottles were produced of this one, and despite being only January, this is likely the most exciting Canadian Whiskey we will see released this year. The Speyside casting gives this just the lightest touch of peat and salt, but the creamy sweet Pike Creek base whiskey cannot be denied. A fascinating whiskey, and the one I am buying for myself. $91.50
Stocks very limited. Get them while they last.