The funny thing about Canadians is we pop up all over the globe. It just so happens that one of our Bombay Malt and Cigar members is married to a fellow Canadian… and happened to have a trip back there recently… and just so happened to pick up a few bottles of Canadian whisky.
Which meant this month, our Bombay Malt and Cigar group was temporarily dubbed the “Bombay Canadian Club” with a chance to check out some offerings from my home and native land Canada!
Here is what we sampled, standing politely in a row:
- Blend – Gooderham & Worts Four Grains 44.4% – A reconstructed blend of whiskey gone by…
- Blend – Gibson’s Finest Venerable 18 year 40% – A springtime day whisky with sweet lemon
- Single Malt – JP Wiser’s 18 year 40% – A wintry aged single grain that shouldn’t be underestimated…
- Single Malt – Lohin McKinnon Single Malt Lot 0001 43% – Inaugural batch, banana cake sweet!
Read on in the coming days for more details and impressions about our tasting experiences.
I had barely recovered from a rousing Canadian Thanksgiving feast the previous week with friends in Mumbai when our host followed up our whiskies and cigars with Canadian cuisine of tourtiere meat pie, poutine and nanaimo bars! After such an evening, we practically stood up to sing “O Canada!” (But were too polite to do such a thing.)
What was clear across the board is that these were all quite approachable and easy to enjoy whiskies. Not a single one was priced above CND 100, with most around (or even below) the C$50 mark. Making them equally approachable on the financial front as well.
However in terms of availability, some may need an extra check to see which local Canadian LCB (Liquor Control Board) has stock… as not all are “standard” fare. Case in point, our host really did try to track down other single malts such as Shelter Point… alas not a drop to be found where he went in the East or West!
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