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Wayne Gretzky

Wayne Gretzky
No. 99 Ice Cask Canadian Whisky

Category: Canadian Whisky

Date Tasted:
Country: Canada
Alcohol: 41.5%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$46.30

Wayne Gretzky
No. 99 Ice Cask Canadian Whisky

Category: Canadian Whisky

Date Tasted:
Country: Canada
Alcohol: 41.5%
Clear golden amber color. Spicy aromas of pine and retsina, cinnamon, mace, and geranium with a glycerous, bright, fruity medium body and a warming, medium-length peach jam and caramel, sherry, honey coated cinnamon fritters, and wood barbecue finish. A Canadian whiskey that will serve as a great winter warmer.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Rich & Spicy
Aroma Aroma: pine and retsina, cinnamon, mace, and geranium
Taste Flavor: peach jam and caramel, sherry, honey coated cinnamon fritters, and wood barbecue
Smoothness Smoothness: Warming
Enjoy Enjoy: Now in cocktails, neat, on the rocks and with cigars
Cocktail Cocktails: Hot Toddy, Irish Coffee, Manhattan
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A Canadian whiskey that will serve as a great winter warmer.

The Producer

Wayne Gretzky Distillery

The Producer
1219 Niagara Stone Road
Niagara-On-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0
Canada
1 905-892-2573

Canadian Whisky

Spirits Glass Glencairn Canadian Amber.jpg
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.