Whisky made the Canadian way – locally sourced grains are individually distilled, matured and blended, then finished in Icewine casks from the Wayne Gretzky winery. This process ‘polishes’ the whisky, adding rich oak and spice, along with sweet notes, 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.
A golden bronze colored whisky. At first swirl of the glass look for top notes of toffee, clove, raisin and caramelized sugar with a touch of oak and rye spiciness. After adding a touch of water, added notes of chocolate, mocha and sweet spice develop. The mouth-feel is smooth, round and robust, with a touch of sweetness, along with deep notes of baked apple, berries and nutmeg. The finish is long and lingering with a smooth texture, a hint of sweetness and flavors of toffee, caramelized apple, smoke and allspice.
Aging: Minimum three years in once-used Bourbon barrels
Finishing: Wayne Gretzky Vidal Blanc Icewine barrels
Base: 100% Ontario grains (Malted Rye, Rye, and Corn)