Review #40: Wiser’s Dissertation

This is a review of Wiser’s Dissertation bottled at 46.1%. The sample for this review came from a bottle generously provided by Wiser’s for the Toronto Whisky Society. If you are not familiar with the background on this bottle I highly recommend you read up on it here.

N: Rye bread, molasses, pepper, green banana, caraway, vanilla, mint, cinnamon

P: Pepper, caramel, rye bread, vanilla, herbal, oak, anise, slightly bitter. Nice mouthfeel.

F: Medium-long. Lots of pepper, vanilla and brown sugar.

Overall: One of the better Canadian whiskies I’ve had. Lots of rye spices but there is a balance with the sweet vanilla and caramel/brown sugar. There really are quite a lot of classic bourbon/rye notes in this one. I love how there are more and more Canadian whiskies with big bold interesting flavours instead of the traditional quiet and sweet profiles most are used to. I’m looking forward to getting my own bottle of this once released.

Score: 84

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Review #30: Masterson’s 10 year old Rye

This is a review of Masterson’s 10 year old 100% Rye bottled at 45%. The sample for this review came from my own bottle #22328 from batch #005

N: Spicy and a bit earthy. Mint, caraway, black pepper, some sweet caramel, orange peel, some fruit (Apple? Melon?), black licorice comes with time in the glass.

P: Rye bread, caraway, pepper, cherry, orange, mint, anise, some oak, cinnamon. Spicy.

F: Medium-long. Spicy with some orange, oak, cinnamon and pepper.

Overall: I think this is a decent, spicy, 100% Canadian rye. It’s a little unbalanced as it’s very spicy and the sweet and fruit aspects are very mild, but I like spicy ryes so it worked for me overall as a daily sipper. I do wish it didn’t have as much black licorice/anise though because I’m not really a fan. Unfortunately, for me this is a step down from the always good and available Lot 40 and is more than double the cost where I am. A decent alternative if you’re looking for a change of pace, but since Lot 40 is so much cheaper just get Lot 40.

Score: 79

Review #16 and #17: Wisers Red Letter 2013 and Union 52

Wisers has been putting out some interesting limited releases recently. One of the most recent, Union 52, is a BC exclusive release of a blend of one of Wisers high end regular releases called Wisers Red Letter with some unspecified 52 year old scotch. Both whiskies are bottled at 45% so I’m looking forward to this comparison to see what effect the likely tiny amount of 52 year old scotch had on the Red Letter. The Red Letter sample is the 2013 release and was provided by /u/TOModera and the Wisers Union 52 was generously given to me by /u/Devoz.

 

N (RL): Caramel, sawdust, creamed corn, rye bread, and little bit of something herbal, lighter and sweeter than the U52, a little citrus comes with time, everything is very light though.

N (U52): Caramel, honey, vanilla, grass, apple skins, menthol, malt, oak. Much richer than the Red Letter.

 

P (RL): Light and sweet with some rye spice, vanilla, oak, clove, dry with a thin mouthfeel.

P (U52): Rye, caramel, cinnamon, orange peel, oak, licorice, I like this more than the Red Letter but the mouthfeel remains pretty thin.

 

F (RL): Short. Caramel sweetness and some rye spice.

F (U52): Short and spicy, definitely not as sweet as the Red Letter. Orange peel.

 

Overall: Going into this I had thought that I would be able to pick out a lot of similarities between the two whiskies as U52 uses Red Letter as its base but was surprised when I found them to be fairly different. To me the U52 was better than the Red Letter across the board. It was deeper and richer and more complex beating the Red Letter slightly in each category from the nose to finish. Both are not my preferred style as I found them too light and thin but they were definitely able to improve on the Red Letter by blending in that scotch cask. Glad I was able to do this side by side I’m looking out for more releases from Wisers coming up in 2017.

 

Score (RL): 77

Score (U52): 80

Review #12: Dillon’s Rye Cask #1

This is Dillon’s Rye Cask #1, aged for 42 months and bottled at 59%. Sample for the review came from my own bottle.

N: This is very spirit forward on the nose, lots of rye spice, glue, mild vanilla, mild caramel, with time it becomes a bit herbal and more sweetness develops with honey and graham crackers but it remains spirit driven with everything else playing a secondary role.

P: Rye spice, caramel, maple, vanilla, mild oak, slight herbal bitterness. This isn’t overly complex and is pretty hot without adding water. Adding water tames the heat but mutes the palate.

F: It has a decent length to the finish. Rye again followed by sweetness before becoming herbal with some anise.

Overall: Simply put I think this needs more time in the cask. I feel very much the same about this as I did when I had Still Waters Single Malt cask#1 in that it does have potential but needs at least double the cask time as it remains too spirit forward for me and doesn’t have enough richness and depth at this point. Maybe this is due to the Canadian climate it was aged in I’m not sure, but I really do feel like this could be great if aged similarly to most scotch at 8+ to even 20 years as the slow aging may add the complexity and depth I think it missing, it’s just not there yet.

Score: 70