Our inaugural single barrel was aged in a new American Oak barrel with a level #3 char. We selected this barrel because of its distinctiveness. We nicknamed it “Toasted Marshmallow” for its stunning nose and its astonishing resemblance to S’mores. It is a surprising, unique and deliciously ephemeral “how did this happen” whisky. We also picked this barrel because of its dynamism and its evolution through the palate from bright, sweet and toasty, to rich, dark and spicy.
The aroma gushes marshmallow the moment you pour it, before you even bring the glass to your nose. After washing your senses in campfire nostalgia, it presents rich caramel, milk chocolate and a dazzling stone fruit sweetness. Underneath the S’more notes lingers a layer of melon, green apple and cloves. The florality transitions into honeysuckle and rose water. And the spice notes tell the old love story of when cinnamon met ginger.
The palate lands soft but the flavors hit hard. The initial mouthfeel is savory with intermingling oiliness and crackling spice. It tastes like a Milky Way encapsulated in wood-burned oak, worked leather and delicate mesquite. The whisky reveals mouth-coating, chewy tannins, gentle herbal tea and not even a hint of its 109.4 proof. The undulating finish echoes sweet wood spice, genoise cake and nutmeg. This single barrel is the beating heart that embodies our love for whisky.
Our single barrel program captures the precision inherent in blending Canadian whisky and the magic of selecting and bottling single barrels. We use well-aged whiskies to create an initial blend. We then re-cask that blend into a variety of different barrels, using different oak types and different char levels to create varying flavor profiles and a distinct style for each single barrel.
Our program therefore allows us to be particular about the starting point of our single barrels, while also creating distinctiveness and individuality from barrel to barrel.
Each blend we create that transforms into a batch of single barrels constitutes a “Season.” Every subsequent round of single barrels we release will start with a new and different blend that can be identified by which “Season” is denoted on the label.
Season 1 started as a blend of 3 whiskies at the following ratios:
We blended and married Season 1 in December, 2021 and re-casked it in January, 2022 into 18 barrels. We used three different whiskies to create a blend optimized for re-casking. We maximized the rye spice and bright fruits, while layering in a viscous foundation.
The younger rye provided a primed canvas with zesty citrus, verdant straw and herbaceous spice. We mixed in the older rye aged in Speyside scotch casks, which developed richer fruit notes of green apple, sugar-coated strawberries and cantaloupe. Lastly, we mixed in an old corn component that saw 13 years of ex-bourbon and a further 8+ years of new American oak. This provided an oily depth to the palate and had a rounding effect on the lively younger rye.
The resulting blend was bright, floral and hefty with lots of room for wood spice, wood sugars and tannin, a perfect starting point for further maturation.
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