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Goldstream Rye

40% ABV - British Columbia, Canada

Nose: The rye and clove spice are first out of the glass followed by caramel, tree bark, and a wood varnish character.

Taste: We are dealing with a rye whisky here—that’s confirmed. The cherry wood finish imparts some really interesting fruits… it’s a cherry–pine style flavour with a hint of praline to my palate.

Finish: The finish is relatively short with moderate sweetness and fading spices.

Wow, another distillery in British Columbia, Canada pops up—and it’s another one on Vancouver Island! As soon as I heard about this release I went on a mission to find a bottle (I don’t think that the distillery has a tasting room, but they did have a patio open in the summer that I only read about today.) I ended up with this surprisingly affordable 375mL at ~$35 (CDN). Why surprising? I’ve observed that a lot of newer distilleries in this area need to charge upwards of $100 for a 750mL bottle… it’s not always the case, but nonetheless, I thought this was priced well.

There aren’t a lot of other distilleries that experiment with cherry wood. My limited searching turned up that there was a Teeling bottling finished in it… but that is all I could find! Let me know if you find anything else. It’s a really strange and wonderful influence though, of course, my sample size is only this bottle of Goldstream Rye. I could see this rye whisky being a great base for some fancy cocktails.

Details: Aged three years in oak barrels and finished with toasted Brazilian cherry wood. Bottled in 2020, Lot 01.

Tasted 17 October 2021. (Posted 07 November 2021.)

76/100
Detailed Rating Information...

90+: Fantastic whisky; highly recommended. My favourite whiskies. I might have more than one bottle if the price is right and the supply is limited! The higher values in this range will reflect a stronger balance and consistency between components.
85-89: Great whisky; recommended. Whiskies that really tick the flavour boxes and you'll likely hear about these from me. Good purchase decision—I would consider buying again.
80-84: Very good whisky; recommended, but still consider trying before you buy. Anything is this range or above I would order at a restaurant or make a calculated purchase decision.
75-79: Good whisky; consider trying before you buy. These are whiskies that I enjoyed drinking, but likely would reach for another bottle from the shelf or select something different to order.
65-74: Average; consider trying before you buy, but not recommended. There is nothing that stood out about this whisky and I might be inclined to add ice, mix it with soda, or use it in a cocktail, instead of trying to enjoy its own flavours.
50-64: Bad; not recommended.


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