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Pike Creek

Pike Creek
Canadian Whisky Finished In Port Barrels

Category: Canadian Whisky

Date Tasted:
Country: Canada
Alcohol: 40%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$29.99

Pike Creek
Canadian Whisky Finished In Port Barrels

Category: Canadian Whisky

Date Tasted:
Country: Canada
Alcohol: 40%
Amber color. Sweet, grainy aromas and flavors of rum caramel cake, coffee ice cream, and dried tropical fruit with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, engaging, long finish that shows touches of roasted nuts, pepper, and minerals finish. A vibrant, spicy Canadian whisky with an appealing rum raisin like character.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Complex, Rich & Spicy
Aroma Aroma: rum caramel cake, coffee ice cream, and dried tropical fruit
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with touches of roasted nuts, pepper, and minerals
Smoothness Smoothness: Tingling
Enjoy Enjoy: Now in cocktails, neat, on the rocks, with cigars and with drops of water
Cocktail Cocktails: Vieux Carré, Manhattan, Manhattan
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A vibrant, spicy Canadian whisky with an appealing rum raisin like character.

The Producer or Importer

Corby Distilleries Limited

The Producer or  Importer
225 King Street West, Suite 1100
Toronto, ON M5V 3M2
Canada
1 416-479-2400

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.