Our pals at La Maison & Velier have just lately launched a brand new line of whiskies bottled below the Ex Libris banner. The idea is that Ex Libris will showcase whiskies from all the world, every to be named after a key literary work from its nation of origin.
First out of the gate is a Canadian whisky distilled in 1982, making it (do the maths) a whopping 40 years previous. Made by the J.P Wiser group, it’s primarily made up of corn whisky aged in casks that beforehand held Speyside single malt Scotch, plus, intriguingly, a small proportion of rye whisky matured in quarter casks beforehand used for getting older peated single malt Scotch. This bottling contains a wealthy character with a luscious profile and exquisite vanilla tones. The apprentice in query is in honor of Mordecai Richler’s 1959 novel The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz.
In my expertise, Canadian whisky, particularly previous Canadian whisky, tends to be smooth, doughy, and low in alcohol. At practically 62% abv, it is a a lot completely different expertise than you may be used to from these previous Canadian Membership releases that arrive at an everyday cadence. The nostril is wealthy and enveloping, providing notes of crusty blondies, darkish chocolate, and a mint-adjacent spice. Sunny and toasty however laced all through with wooden, it lays heavy within the glass, evoking an earthiness together with some inevitable furnishings polish parts.
The palate showcases the corn-meets-rye aspect of the whisky, kicking off with a pointy kick of wooden, vanilla, and a peanut shell observe, earlier than a layer of smoke settles over the proceedings. Notes of malt syrup, recent ginger, and a touch of creosote all meld in fascinating and efficient style. Some crimson fruit and cinnamon on the end. There are numerous layers to this whisky, however alas my pattern was fairly tiny and will solely take me to date. Ought to extra land on my doorstep, I’d eagerly tuck in for seconds.
A- / $660 (700ml)