Distilled: Hiram Walker, Windsor, Ontario, Canada (Pernod-Ricard)
Michigan State Minimum: $45
Appearance: Light copper with long thick legs.
Nose: Leather, spearmint, potpourri, coriander, green cardamom, woodruff, Habanero peppers.
Palate: Full bodied and medium dry. Butterscotch, white pepper, basil, cilantro, alcohol.
Finish: Eucalyptus cough drops, aged Alsatian Pinot Gris, hint of oak.
Parting words: Wiser’s Legacy is the legacy of now retired master blender David Doyle. Wiser’s Legacy is back in the U.S. after two year long absence. Named 2013 Canadian Whisky of the Year by Whisky Advocate, it’s a remarkable product.
It’s made from a blend of rye, malted rye and maltly barely and has loads of minty Canadian rye aromas (think early batches of Whistle Pig) that are elegantly balanced with candy sweetness and toasted barrel notes. It manages to be both unabashedly Canadian and a transcendent, world class-whisky on par with bourbons twice its price and single malt Scotches four times the price. I taste something new every time I pour myself a couple ounces.
Nobody knows how long it will be back on American shelves, so buy a bottle or two while you can. Wiser’s Legacy is highly recommended.