This wasn’t my 1st brush with Corby’s reconstruction of an old time Canadian blend which had a checkered past of being sold from Ontario to Quebec and smuggled back to meet the demand during temperance times…
Gooderham & Worts Four Grains A.A1129 44.4%
- Nose – It started off quite musty, grainy like wallowing in a granary, definitely had rye, then shifted into a lovely citrus, settling on a clear orange, even chocolate orange, some caramel, warm… back to wheat husk and barley, a drizzle of honey
- Palate – Sourdough bread, very malty, sweet sugar on the 2nd sip, light spice, and lots of sourgum, more substance than expected
- Finish – Surprisingly long, paprika and cinnamon
Overall we found it was very sweet. A clear reflection of all its components of corn, rye, wheat and barley. Most had started with rather – ahem! – modest expectations and were quite pleasantly surprised.
After resting covered for some time, we came back for a revisit – initially greeted with a sharp grain, vanilla and then… remarkably a most distinctive chaat masala emerged with full on black salt. It may sound odd but it wasn’t bad, just unexpected.
As we settled into the cigar puffing part of the evening, this blend held its own… not such a bad start to our Canadian explorations.
Here’s what the folks at the LCBO have to say:
A blend of corn, rye, wheat and barley and bottled at 44.4% ABV this pours a golden/amber colour. On the nose look for notes of honey, toffee, dried flowers, and bubble-gum; the palate is rich and full with a smooth/viscous mouthfeel and flavours of sweet floral and stone fruit followed by a medium-length spicy finish.
Thanks to Canada’s regulated approach to the sale of liquor, one can easily find both where to buy (simple – your provincial LCBO) and how much (currently C$44.95), with this blend relatively easy to find in Ontario.
And if you are picking this up in Toronto and feeling a little nostalgic, I’d recommend a wander through the old distillery district where you can see what once upon a time was the building that produced an earlier avatar!
Check out what our Bombay “Canadian” evening covered:
- Gooderham & Worts Four Grains 44.4% – A reconstructed blend of whiskey gone by…
- Gibson’s Finest Venerable 18 year 40% – A springtime day whisky with sweet lemon
- JP Wiser’s 18 year 40% – A wintry single grain that shouldn’t be underestimated…
- Lohin McKinnon Single Malt Lot 0001 43% – Inaugural batch, banana cake sweet!
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