Tonight, the Canadian whisky awards get announced, and in anticipation, why not post a review for another batch of Confederation Oak. I have now tasted all the batches A-F, lucky indeed. E, though I didn’t review it, showed some more fresh oak than the others but didn’t impress me in my far-from-ideal tasting of it during the Forty Creek Whisky Weekend. This sample is thanks to a fun sample swap with a reader of the blog!
Nose: Showing some bourbon-like creamy vanilla notes, some different profiles of oak – musty, toasted, and charred – light rancio-like notes, and some fatty corn. Complex, and well integrated, but lacking some of the multi-dimensionality of the best Confederation Oak releases. A bit of light fruit (like grape) emerge as it sits, too. 26.5/30 (88%)
Taste: Classic smooth delivery, with good viscosity in the mouth and a balance of sweet and spice. Toasted oak, citrus, and a spicy underbelly to this one, and light acidity once again doing some good work to hold everything together. The spice, in fact, I like in this – but it makes it less elegant than some of the releases. It certainly holds more spice than Batch F! As might be expected, the palate finishes off with a touch of nuttiness. 26.5/30 (88%)
Finish: Vanilla and oak come through at first, with some tingling spice (clove and dried ginger) and citrus and a very light bitterness, but not one that detracts much – perhaps more like a strong tea than a bitter coffee. Lightly creamy as well. 18/20 (90%)
Conclusion: Interesting – this release seems a bit more driven by the grain than any of the other Confederation Oak releases that I have tasted – Batch D seemed more cask driven, and Batch B and F had a better balance between them (the better releases, in my opinion). It would be quite the taste to line all these up from A-F. 18/20 (90%)
My other Confederation Oak reviews: