When you think of a Canadian whisky, one typically assumes a 3 year old, normally a blend or a rye… not an 18 year old whiskey.
This time from Gibson’s Finest – a distillery that started in Pennsylvania then with prohibition relocated to Quebec, where they have been producing whiskey every since.
Gibson’s Finest Venerable 18 year 40%
- Nose – Sweet lemon, clean and simple, a touch of butterscotch
- Palate – Very soft on the front, boiled sweets at the back then bread, sweet lemon cake, settling into a cream and biscuits with a hint of maple
- Finish – Very light, warm
Overall we found it to be the epitome of spring, fresh and light, just skipping around ones palate. It is a day whisky, easy going, with a gentle single note. Not one harsh element and while one would ideally want a bit more complexity in an 18 year old, it was enjoyable in a innocuous and pleasant way.
As we tried this in one of Bombay Malt & Cigar evenings, the next step was to consider that combination. With this Gibson’s a cigar simply overpowers… best to enjoy each separately!
Check out what else our Bombay “Canadian” evening covered:
- Gooderham & Worts Four Grains 44.4% – A reconstructed blend of whiskey gone by…
- JP Wiser’s 18 year 40% – A wintry aged single grain that shouldn’t be underestimated…
- Lohin McKinnon Single Malt Lot 0001 43% – Inaugural batch, banana cake sweet!
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