Full Review

J.J. Renfield & Sons

J.J. Renfield & Sons
8 Year Old Canadian Premium Reserve Whisky

Category: Canadian Whiskey

Date Tasted:
Country: Canada
Alcohol: 40%
85 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$28.99

J.J. Renfield & Sons
8 Year Old Canadian Premium Reserve Whisky

Category: Canadian Whiskey

Date Tasted:
Country: Canada
Alcohol: 40%
Golden amber color. Delicate aromas of vanilla nougat, fresh meringue, and caramelized plantain with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, interesting, relaxed fruit nut bar, delicate spice, cedar, and cola finish with light oak. A rock solid, well-made Canadian whiskey.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Fruity & Mild
Aroma Aroma: vanilla nougat, fresh meringue, and caramelized plantain
Taste Flavor: fruit nut bar, delicate spice, cedar, and cola
Smoothness Smoothness: Smooth
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails and on the rocks
Cocktail Cocktails: Sazerac, Old Fashioned, Manhattan
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A rock solid, well-made Canadian whiskey.

The Producer or Importer

Distiller Sales Company

The Producer or  Importer
500 Washington Ave S, Suite 1000
Minneapolis, MN 55415
USA
1 612-436-2626

Their Portfolio

91 1941 Vodka 40% (USA) $.00.
92 896 5 Year Aged Rum 40% (Barbados) $16.99.
93 896 8 Year Aged Rum 40% (Barbados) $21.99.
86 Alpine Blu Vodka 40% (USA) $10.99.
85 Alverion Gray Potato Vodka 40% (USA) $29.99.
88 Balfour Street Gin 47.3% (Netherlands) $20.99.
81 Black Eagle Cinnamon Flavored Bourbon Whiskey 35% (USA) $12.99.
86 Blue Ivy Vodka 40% (USA) $12.99.
86 Cayman Reef Double Black Rum 40% (Barbados) $29.99.
90 Cayman Reef Spiced Rum 35% (Barbados) $29.99.
88 Cayman Reef White Rum 40% (Barbados) $29.99.
91 Cazul 100 Ultra Aged Añejo Tequila Reserva 40% (Mexico) $49.99.
88 Cuesta Mesa Margarita 9.95% (USA) $15.99.
81 Drego Azul Margarita Light 12.5% (USA) $6.99.
84 Fennelly’s Irish Cream Liqueur 17% (Ireland) $13.99.
91 Fennelly’s Cappuccino Cream Liqueur 17% (Ireland) $13.99.
86 Fennelly’s Mint Chocolate Cream Liqueur 17% (Ireland) $13.99.
93 Hanami Dry Gin 43% (Netherlands) $26.99.
80 Isla de Rico Long Island Iced Tea 12.5% (USA) $16.99.
91 Ivanhalder’s 1815 Vodka 40% (Netherlands) $16.99.
85 J.J. Renfield & Sons 8 Year Old Canadian Premium Reserve Whisky 40% (Canada) $28.99.
84 Jose Diego Golden Margarita 9.95% (USA) $16.99.
89 Kova Coffee Liqueur 20% (Mexico) $13.99.
89 Los Rijos Reposado Tequila 40% (Mexico) $34.99.
91 Los Rijos Ultra Aged Tequila Reserve 40% (Mexico) $59.99.
86 Malloye’s Irish Whiskey 40% (Ireland) $18.99.
87 Michael’s Celtic Irish Cream Liqueur 17% (Ireland) $17.88.
87 Mr. Stacks Holiday Nog Cream Liqueur 12.5% (USA) $5.49.
85 Mr. Stacks Pumpkin Spice Liqueur 12.5% (USA) $8.99.
89 North Sea Vodka 40% (Netherlands) $22.99.
80 Northern Peak Raspberry Vodka 35% (USA) $12.99.
86 Old Tom Horan Irish Whiskey 40% (Ireland) $22.99.
87 Old Tom Horan Irish Cream Liqueur 17% (Ireland) $17.88.
89 Poppin Original Vodka 40% (USA) $8.49.
86 Pyla excellium Vodka 40% (France) $75.00.
85 South Bank London Dry Gin 40% (England) $24.99.
87 Southern Style Sweet Tea Vodka 35% (USA) $8.49.
87 The Art of the Still Organic Vodka 40% (USA) $15.99.
94 The Art of the Still Gin 40% (USA) $13.99.
85 Trader Joe’s High Rye Bourbon 42% (USA) $29.99.
83 Tropic Isle Palms Black Cherry Rum 21% (Barbados) $12.99.
86 Tropic Isle Palms Vanilla Rum 21% (Barbados) $12.99.
81 Tropic Isle Palms Southern Hurricane 12.5% (USA) $14.99.
90 Two Founders 80 Acres Vodka 40% (USA) $16.99.
85 Veil Peach Vodka 35% (USA) $11.99.
83 Veil Red Berry Vodka 35% (USA) $11.99.
85 Veil Vodka Pineapple 35% (Netherlands) $9.49.
84 Veil Green Apple Vodka 35% (USA) $9.49.
81 Veil Caramel Vodka 35% (USA) $9.49.
83 Veil Blueberry Vodka 35% (USA) $9.49.
87 Veil Strawberry Vodka 35% (USA) $9.49.
84 Veil Cranberry Lime Vodka 35% (USA) $9.49.
93 Zuidam Dutch Courage Dry Gin 45.5% (Netherlands) $29.99.

Canadian Whiskey

Spirits Glass Glencairn Canadian Amber.jpg
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.