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Whisky made the Canadian way – locally sourced Canadian Grains are individually distilled, matured and blended, then finished in red wine casks harvested from the Wayne Gretzky Winery.
The Cask Finishing Process increases the complexity of the whisky by adding supple oak tannins, notes of soft vanilla and multiple layers of spice, and balancing all the elements to produce a refined and smooth whisky.
The Ontario climate has positive influence on barrel ageing; high annual temperature fluctuations in a non-temperature-controlled environment drives the whisky deep into the oak during warmer periods and draws it out during cooler periods. The location of the barrel within the rickhouse influences how it ages, depending on temperature, air flow and height within the room. This gives Master Distiller, Joshua Beach, near infinite options when blending, to create the taste profile personally selected by Wayne himself.
Alcohol: 40.0% ABV / 80.0 Proof
Aging: Minimum three years in once-used Kentucky Bourbon barrels (200 litre barrels)
Finishing: Wayne Gretzky Estates Red Wine Casks (225 litre barrels)
Base: 100% Canadian Grains (Malted Rye, Rye, and Corn- all harvested from Ontario.)
A bright straw gold color with a ruby red hue. At first swirl of the glass look for top notes of toasty new oak, almond nuttiness, caramel and vanilla. Then underlying notes appear suggesting nutmeg spice and stone fruit. After adding a touch of water, added notes of sweet spice and dark raisin develop. The mouth-feel is smooth, round and robust, with a touch of woody tannins for structure, along with deep notes of toasted nuts and allspice. The finish is long and lingering with a delicately sweet, smooth texture and flavors of nut and allspice.
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