To set the scene I don’t particularly care for Canadian whiskey apart from some ryes such as whatever Whistle Pig and Treaty Oak are sourcing. So when these Canadian Rare Perfections and Old St Nicks hit I initially trusted my instincts and ignored them. Then I got curious with all the drama and wildly varying reviews so when I got the chance to get a bottle for below retail I figured it was a 14 year old whiskey, it can’t be bad even if I do end up overpaying for the quality. So I bought one and let’s find out how wrong I was…
Age: 14 years
Abv: 100.7 proof
Nose: Off putting with notes of plastic, maple and vanilla with hints of oak
Taste: Still slightly plastic tasting but with some solid caramel, maple and warm spice notes.
Finish: Long and lingering with warm spice, vanilla and maple notes.
Well that was bad. I added some Coke Zero and it got worse somehow. I don’t have much to say here. I took the tater bait and lost.
TL;DR: I liked the finish but nothing else
1 - Pouring out the bottle, Coke Zero deserves better
Poor - Overpriced, not worth the money