Maker: Corby, Windsor, Ontario, Canada (Pernod-Ricard)
Style: Canadian blend (Four grain)
Price: $45 Canadian (about $35 US)
Appearance: Dull caramel.
Nose: Fresh cut orange, roasted malt, oak, cut hay, butterscotch.
Palate: Brown sugar, black walnut, plum, alcohol, aniseed.
Finish: Grape soda, alcohol.
Parting words: Gooderham & Worts is an old name in Canadian whisky, originally manufactured in York, Ontario, now a part of Toronto. G & W was one of the biggest Canadian whisky brands during the nineteenth century. In 1923 it merged with Hiram Walker and production continued in Toronto until 1990. The area around the old distillery is now the distillery district development.
This latest incarnation is distilled at the Corby plant in Windsor, also home to Canadian Club and Wiser’s. The bottle is big and beautiful with a picture of the old distillery on the front and a picture of a windmill on the back, perhaps based on the windmill co-founder James Worts used to kill himself.
G & W is balanced and complex with a fairly robust ABV that adds enough punch to keep things interesting to the last sip. I only wish that it had even more punch and was available in the US. Maybe it will be eventually. Gooderham & Worts is recommended.