J.P. Wiser's 15 Years Old

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New to the Wiser's core range, J.P. Wiser's 15 years old is billed as "a complex whisky with a hint of rye spice," meant to be sipped and savoured. Bottled at the standard 40% ABV and, like many of Wiser's whiskies, this expression made from a blend of separately distilled and matured grain whiskies combined by Master Blender Dr. Don Livermore at the Hiram Walker Distillery in Windsor, Ontario.

Nose: Inviting aromas of toasted oak and spice atop a strong toffee note with a hint of green apple.

Palate: Full-bodied and smooth; like liquid dessert. Mouth-coating caramel, buttery toffee, and dried fruit notes are complemented by a hit of mint and clove-laden spice that keeps things from getting overly sweet.

Finish: Lingering with warming spice that gives way to a mild, almost chewy, dried fruit flavour akin to prunes and raisins.  

Overall: Unquestionably, J.P. Wiser's 15 years old falls neatly into the core range of Wiser's whiskies and, quite literally, occupies the "sweet spot" between the discontinued Wiser's Legacy and the drier, more floral, 18 year old. Polished with an almost syrupy mouth-feel, J.P. Wiser's 15 years old is basically dessert in a bottle: approachable and sweet with a long, gentle, finish. A good choice as an entry point for those new to the Canadian whisky category and it's bound to appeal to those with a sweet tooth. Personally, I don't find the dram to be as complex as it boasts on the label, yet this expression shows remarkable depth of flavour and offers tremendous value at $49.95 in the LCBO

  

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