#294 • JP Wiser's Small Batch

43.4% alc./vol.
Hiram Walker & Sons Limited, Windsor, Ontario, Canada

It had been a while since we had not hit a good old Canadian whiskey affordable which is easily SAQ. Here is the Wiser's Small Batch.

Since its establishment in 1857, JP Wiser is the oldest continuously produced Canadian whiskey. The brand has been owned by 1935 at Hiram Walker & Sons Limited, and has become the best-selling brand in Canada today, at least in volume.

Several well-known whiskeys are produced under the Wiser's banner, including today's Small Batch. The latter was launched in 2011 to replace the Wiser's Reserve. He has since won several awards every year.

As the American physicist, 1946 Nobel Prize winner in physics, said so well, Percy Williams Bridgman (1882-1961) said so well:

A small home is better than a big one in others.

Another Canadian with very deep red copper.

Nose:
A typical Canadian nose, with vanilla, rye, butterscotch, crème brûlée, but with a little more refinement. Oak, cinnamon and orange peel with a drop of berries are reminiscent of some sherry casks.

Taste:
Pretty velvety, with a good presence and texture in the mouth. Again, strongly Canadian with notes of vanilla, flowers, fruits and rye. Creamy caramel, peppermint and a tiny stone dust.

Finish:
It is in the final that all the properties of the barrel are fully revealed. Dry on accents of almond, prune and spices to leave only vanilla vapors that persist.

Balance:
For price and availability, it's a traffic jam not to be missed. Maybe it's not the biggest Canadian whiskey, but it's still a torch Crown Royal or one Canadian Club Premium.

Note: ★★★★★