It happened unexpectedly and was over before I could fully comprehend what had occurred. In the waning afterglow of Spirit of Toronto 2013, Canada's premier whisky maker John Hall handed me a small sample of a yet-to-be-released whisky. "It won't be available until September, but I'm calling it Heart of Gold" he said, going on to describe it as "rye forward" and something he had been working on for years. Following the show I set it aside, save for one quick nosing during the pre-order period that has since closed, waiting for the day before the release to take you inside the glass.
This weekend it becomes available for pick-up, to those smart enough to order their bottles in advance, at Forty Creek's Whisky Weekend
in Grimsby, Ontario. Soon after, it will see a limited release of 9,000 bottles across Canada, with the exception of Quebec, and the United States, but only in Texas.
The product of a whisky maker drawing upon a lifetime of experience and a passion for innovation, Heart of Gold was made using a wine yeast strain during fermentation
to elevate the floral elements and narrower cut points
to hold up the rye characteristics. The final result is yet another winner from the vanguard of Canadian whisky.