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    Wisre's Small Batch

    This is another entrant in the new Canadian whisky ranks. Wiser's has innovated before in releasing its Red Letter whisky and Special Reserve. The latter has 43% ABV - something different for Canada where almost all rye is 40%. The former had a big vanilla character, good, but not really stretching the bounds of Canadian whisky IMO.

    The Small Batch is the most assertive to date of the new whiskies and approaches Forty Creek's whiskies in intensity of palate. It is full-bodied, sweetish, and while Canadian in palate does offer something new in its bigger, rounder flavours. I am not sure how this was achieved, presumably "heavier" whiskies were used to make up the batch than is normally the case. I would guess there is more rye whisky in it distilled at low proof than is normally used.

    The whisky has little aftertaste so I doubt there is very much whisky in it aged in new charred wood (of whatever distilling-out proof) but the flavour in the mid-palate is strong and excellent.

    The proof of the bottling us 43.4% which is indicated to be "Original Strength" - not sure what that means.

    A fine effort for a reasonable price (circa $27.00). We are getting better, slowly, but it's happening.

    Gary
    Last edited by Gillman; 10-06-2008 at 14:47.

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    Re: Wisre's Small Batch

    The program does not let me correct the title of the thread, so I hasten to add that the correct name of the whisky is "Wiser's Canadian Whisky Small Batch".

    Gary

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    Re: Wisre's Small Batch

    Gary, how would you rank the current Wiser's offerings?

    Wiser's Deluxe
    Wiser's Very Old
    Wiser's Special Blend
    Wiser's Reserve
    Wiser's Small Batch

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    Re: Wisre's Small Batch

    Like this Jon:

    1) the new Small Batch (a must buy IMO)

    2) the Very Old

    3) the Special Blend

    4) Wiser's Deluxe

    5) Wiser's Reserve

    Gary

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    Re: Wisre's Small Batch

    Jon I can't recall if the Reserve is the 43% ABV released a couple of years ago. If so, I'd place that 3rd, then the Deluxe, then the Special Blend.

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    Re: Wisre's Small Batch

    The Red Letter was very good, but to me kind of stands outside the others, both stylistically and certainly in price. If there is one to bring back, it is Small Batch and maybe Very Old.

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    Re: Wisre's Small Batch

    Awesome, can't wait until this is available in my area. I need some more good, affordable whiskies to fit my budget.

    The LCBO is also releasing a Canadian whisky glass made by the Glencairn crystal company.

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    Re: Wisre's Small Batch

    I wonder if this stuff is just a re-labeled Wiser's Reserve. The bottles are similar, the proof is nearly identical, and Wiser's just discontinued their Reserve whisky. Coincidence?

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    Re: Wisre's Small Batch

    I doubt they are the same. The depth of flavour in the Small Batch makes them evidently different IMO.

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    Re: Wisre's Small Batch

    I'm enjoying my first glass of Wiser's Small Batch right now. It is good, but reinforces my suspicion that it might be a repackaged Wiser's Reserve. Both are dry with pronounced buttery notes, which distinguishes them from the rest of the Wiser's lineup, which tends more toward sweetness. They also have a similar alcoholic nose. Of course, I'm comparing from memory and I haven't tried the Reserve in quite some time. A side-by-side comparison would be interesting. I just find it curious that Wiser's took Reserve off the market while introducing a similar whisky at the same price point...

 

 

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