Full Review
Ensign Red

Ensign Red
Canadian Whisky

Category: Canadian Whiskey

Date Tasted:
Country: Canada
Alcohol: 40%
83 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$16.99

Ensign Red
Canadian Whisky

Category: Canadian Whiskey

Date Tasted:
Country: Canada
Alcohol: 40%
Golden amber color. Delicate, toasty aromas and flavors of roasted nuts and burnt sugar with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, relaxed vanilla nut fudge, peppery spices, and minerals finish. A mellow, peppery Canadian whiskey.
Tasting Info
Spirits Glass Style: Mild & spirity
Aroma Aroma: roasted nuts and burnt sugar
Taste Flavor: vanilla nut fudge, peppery spices, and minerals
Smoothness Smoothness: Peppery
Enjoy Enjoy: on the rocks and in cocktails
Cocktail Cocktails: Irish Coffee, Whiskey and Soda, Manhattan
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A mellow, peppery Canadian whiskey.
The Producer or Importer

Sazerac Company, Inc. - Midwest

The Producer or  Importer
10 South LaSalle, Suite 3400
Chicago, IL 60603
USA
1 312-269-3216
Canadian Whiskey
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Serve in a Canadian 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.
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