Gooderham & Worts Canadian Whisky

Established in 1831, the Gooderham & Worts distillery in Toronto was a major producer of alcohol in the province of Ontario for over a hundred years. Nearly a century later, the distillery was bought out by Hiram Walker & Sons Ltd. (now Corby Ltd.) in 1927 and has been closed since the 1990's, the facility and its accompanying buildings are regarded as an important historical landmark in the city. Boasting the largest and best preserved collection of Victorian Industrial Architecture in North America, the distillery found a second life as an in-demand shooting location for filmmakers. Now a listed property on the register of Canadian National Historic sites, the aptly named "Distillery District," boasts an impressive roster of tenants. Chock-a-block with galleries, restaurants, breweries, boutique shops and a theatre for the performing arts, the Gooderham & Worts Distillery District routinely attracts crowds on weekends. Strolling along its brick paved laneways amidst its ruddy brown historic buildings, it's hard not to be charmed by this quaint throwback to an earlier time in this city of steel and glass. 

In homage to this iconic distillery, Corby Ltd. has released a whisky bearing an appropriately "old-timey looking" G&W label. Gooderham & Worts' Four Grain Blend contains corn, rye, wheat and barley whiskies bottled at an auspicious 44.4% ABV.

Nose: Inviting and lightly floral with pithy citrus. A restrained oaky spice reveals itself in soft vanilla tones with a dash of nutmeg. 

Palate: Supple and showing good structure with a compelling balance of sweetness and wood influence. Packed with flavour, there's raisin, dried apple, grain, sawdust, vanilla, and orange peel all pulling together.

Finish: The long finish is peppered with rye spice. Pleasantly bitter elements like dill and carraway fade out into a nearly medicinal combo of cherry lozenges and orange peel.

Overall: Quaffable and, in my opinion, a great value "all-purpose" Canadian whisky. Whether you take it neat, flask it, or mix it, G&W Four Grain Blend is a versatile whisky. For instance, why not try it in place of rum in a holiday egg nog?  Well-balanced, approachable and somewhat unique, this whisky is a fitting tribute to the former titans of distillation and at $44.90 in the LCBO it may not be around for long.

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