Deluxe, I suppose, is a common descriptor of the cheaper lines of Canadian whiskies..with both Crown Royal and Wiser’s offering some of their cheapest range under a “Deluxe” label. It is produced, along with all of Wiser’s whiskies, at the Hiram Walker distillery in Windsor, Ontario.
This is Wiser’s cheapest offering in Canada, and really the bottom of their line by a decent bit, in my opinion. It is produced, along with the other Wiser’s products, at the Hiram Walker Distillery in Walkerville, which is a part of Windsor, Ontario.
This whisky, at least in terms of name, is a very old release – Wiser’s “Red Letter Rye” was a highly regarded whisky first produced in 1857 when Canadian whisky was often known for their quality relative to the other whisky or spirit producers at the time. This particular bottling pays tribute to that whisky (and its recipe). A similar Wiser’s Red Letter was released as a 150th anniversary of Wiser’s in 2007 – though I did not try that one, I have heard that this one is similar in profile.
The “Grouse Blend” was originally produced by Matthew Gloag, a grocer and wine merchant in Perth, Scotland. The blend was created in 1897, slightly after the big explosion of blends in Scottish whisky history. The blend became so popular that shortly it was renamed “The Famous Grouse”. Originally, it was likely supplied to sportsman who came to Glasgow to hunt. Now, it is the biggest selling blend in UK. It is produced by the same company that owns Macallan and Highland Park – who are big users of sherry casks, which does show up in this blend.