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Ensign Red

Ensign Red
Black Whiskey

Category: Canadian Whisky

Date Tasted:
Country: Canada
Alcohol: 45%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$27.99

Ensign Red
Black Whiskey

Category: Canadian Whisky

Date Tasted:
Country: Canada
Alcohol: 45%
Golden amber color. Aromas of berries and cream, egg custard, ginger candy, and milk chocolate with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, delightful, medium-length allspice, pineapple cake with candied ginger pieces, toasted coconut, and candied cherry and incense finish. A creamy, understated, pure rye-forward Canadian whiskey that over-delivers for the category.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Spicy & Fruity
Aroma Aroma: berries and cream, egg custard, ginger candy, and milk chocolate
Taste Flavor: allspice, pineapple cake with candied ginger pieces, toasted coconut, and candied cherry and incense
Smoothness Smoothness: Warming
Enjoy Enjoy: Now in cocktails, neat, on the rocks and with drops of water
Cocktail Cocktails: Paddy Cocktail, Scofflaw, Manhattan
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A creamy, understated, pure rye-forward Canadian whiskey that over-delivers for the category.

Additional Information

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Canadian Whisky

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Serve in a Glencairn Ganadian Whisky Glass
Canadian Whisky is made primarily from corn or wheat, with a supplement of rye, barley, or barley malt. There are no Canadian government requirements when it comes to the percentages of grains used in the mash bill. Unlike Bourbons, they are aged, primarily in used oak barrels. The minimum age for Canadian Whisky is three years, with most brands being aged four to six years. Virtually all Canadian whiskies (except the pot-distilled malt whiskies of Glenora in Nova Scotia) are blended from different grain whiskies of different ages. Bulk Canadian Whiskies are usually shipped in barrels to their destination country where they are bottled. These bulk whiskies are usually bottled at 40% ABV (80 proof) and are usually no more than four years old. "Bottled in Canada" whiskies generally have older components in their blends and are bottled at 43.4% ABV (86.8 proof).

Canadian whiskies, as with their American cousins, originated on the farm. These early whiskies were made primarily from rye. In time most Canadian distillers turned to corn, wheat, and other grains, but Canadians continue to refer to their whisky as "Rye" even though the mash bill for most Canadian Whisky is now predominantly a mix of corn, wheat, and barley, with only a modest proportion of rye for flavor, which results in a lighter-bodied spirit.