While speaking with my buddy Rodney this evening, the subject of Collingwood Canadian Whisky came up. I remembered reading John Hansell's post (Lew Bryson's Review) at http://www.whatdoesjohnknow.com/2011...w-collingwood/ as well as Davin de Kergommeaux's at http://www.canadianwhisky.org/review...ky-review.html. I even found some good info on SB at the following thread http://www.straightbourbon.com/forum...ht=Collingwood.
Yet Rodney divuldged something I found very interesting this evening that I did not read in any of the aforementioned posts. While touring the Woodford Reserve facility a few weeks ago, the tour guide informed the group they would now watch the bottling operation for Woodford Reserve. Unbeknownst to the tour guide, they were bottling none other than Collingwood Canadian Whisky and not Woodford Reserve. It was a very awkward moment for the tour guide to say the least. He quickly tried to divert the group's attention by declaring "If I could just get everyone's attention over here, we don't normally do this, but I will thief a small amount of Woodford Reserve for everyone to nose only. I can't permit you to sample it here. But have a smell." Clearly, this was a diversion attempt.
Rodney was informed that Woodford Reserve was contracted to perform the bottling for Collingwood due to its similar bottle shape in that the Woodford Reserve facility's equipment would be compatible. The tour guide was visibly emabarassed, upset, and annoyed that Collingwood was there. The feeling Rodney got was there is a tremendous sense of Woodford Reserve pride and exclusivity about the distillery that has been infiltrated by a Canadian Whisky.
If Collingwood is indeed bottled at the Woodford Reserve facility and is bottled at less than cask strength, specifically at 80 proof, this raises an obvious question.
I sincerely doubt that truck loads of Great Lake water are being shipped down to Kentucky. Therefore, is Collingwood Canadian Whisky cut down to 80 proof by the local Kentucky municipal water supply?
That's our theory anyway. Looking forward to any insight Davin, John, Lew, Chuck, or anyone else can provide.