|JF, mon ami!|
So Gibson's... JF does a great job of covering a bit of the history about Gibson's and if you want more information about it, I suggest two things: One, their website: http://www.gibsonsfinest.ca and if you have a chance Davin de Kergommeaux's Canadian Whisky, the portable expert is fantastic at debunking the myths that surround Canadian whiskies as well as a great historical outlook on most of the distilleries. Gibson's story is a fine chapter. I do like how Dave compared this to a Scotch blend but with the twist of rye, which truly does make it an interesting dram. For those of you who have never had rye it imparts a spicy flavor to whisky like white pepper or cinnamon. It's very nice and quite distinguishable in a dram if you know what you are looking for.
So without further ado, my tasting notes for a very fine example of Canadian rye. Not expensive on the waller but very tasty in the glass. Everyone should have a bottle of this in their whisky collection, if not to serve to the dad's of the world who watched hockey from their lazy boy recliners, clinking the ice cubes while screaming at the television. Well, that's what my dad used to do, lol. Here's to my dad's whisky!
GIBSON'S FINEST AGED, 12 YEAR OLD
Palate: Such a typical spicy whisky, I can taste a gingery or hot cinnamon type of spice. A bit of bitterness of a pink grapefruit, sweet but makes the back of your mouth sort of stand to attention. It's very tannic in nature. Once I added water, it becomes a bit oilier in nature, and very recognizable flavors of wood appeared.
It doesn't stay with you for long, and I really had to work at this one, especially after I added water. One afternoon, I let it sit for almost a full hour and then went back to it. I found this very helpful as far as getting so much more on the nose from it. However, most people would not let their whisky sit for an hour before they drink it.
So thanks Dave and JF for coming on this short little adventure with me and thanks for ascertaining a very good Rye. If you haven't tried Gibson's I suggest you do, soon!
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