Whisky made the Canadian way – locally sourced grains are individually distilled, matured and blended, then finished in Cabernet Sauvignon casks from our Wayne Gretzky winery. This process ‘polishes’ the whisky, adding rich oak and baked fruit notes, along with a more pronounced rye-forward spice, balancing all of the elements to produce a refined and smooth whisky.
The Ontario climate has an 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 the distiller near infinite options when blending, to create the taste profile selected by Wayne himself.
Aging: Minimum three years in once-used Bourbon barrels
Finishing: More than 100 Days in Wayne Gretzky Cabernet Sauvignon barrels
Base: 100% Ontario grains (Malted Rye, Rye, and Corn)
Volume: 1L Duty Free Exclusive
A deep amber bronze colored whisky. At first swirl of the glass, look for top notes of toffee, spice and grain with a touch of maple sap and sweet smoke. After adding a touch of water, added notes of orange peel, ginger, almond, cinnamon, star anise, vanilla and tree fruit develop. The mouth-feel is smooth, rich and full, with deep notes of baked cherry, raisin, dried spice, nut and licorice root. The finish is long and lingering with a smooth texture, and flavors of spicy clove, nut and grain.