Finally got my own bottle of this and can apply a more studied approach (versus the sips I had earlier at Whisky Live in Toronto).
First, it looks good: it has a deep brown, well-knit appearance.
Second, it tastes very good: there is a typical Canadian whisky undertone but smoothed down and enhanced by the cognac from the ex-cognac cask it was finished in. The effect is to give it an orangey taste, almost as if it was a luxury version of Grand Marnier.
I like it a lot and have already pegged it for personal use: late at night, never watered, never iced.
Proves that an old dog can have new tricks (the whisky, I mean).