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Odd Society Blender’s Release

46% ABV - British Columbia, Canada

Nose: Sweet, malted barley, spices, and a vanilla - root beer - cola concoction... with notes of mulled fruits and orange zest.

Taste: Again, it leads with pronounced cereal sweetness and spices. A slight nuttiness sits on top of vanilla. Overall this is very true to the nose.

Finish: Ending with spices, and malty sweetness... all balanced! Medium length.

Odd Society is located in sunny Vancouver, BC, Canada. (Yup, not that sunny – but it was when I wrote these notes!) These "makers of fine spirits" have been producing Canadian single malt whisky since 2016. Living so close I have been able to find opportunities to sample nearly every release, including a few single casks!

I think that the Blender’s Release represents Odd Society’s most mature taste yet – not a reference to any age statement, but a reference to complexity and depth. This expression exhibits all of the "house" characteristics and there are more layers – delicious layers – added on top. If this is indeed still a young malt, as it couldn’t be more than 6-7 years with its oldest components, then that makes it an excellent preview of what is to come.

From the release announcement in March 2020: "Odd Society recently held a whisky blending workshop with 11 fellow distillers from across the province, led by Dhavall Gandhi, former blender at The Macallan. It was a remarkable day. Armed with Dhavall’s insights, we went back to the warehouse and put together a new release from a number of single malt casks. Blender’s Release is a nod to Dhavall, his visit, and his incredibly thoughtful approach to whisky making."

There is also a great write up over at BC Spirits. Odd Society Blender’s Release is only available in 375mL bottles.

Tasted 03, 09 June 2020. (Posted 09 June 2020.)

78/100
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. Great bottles to have stocked at all times.
80-84: Very good whisky; recommended, but still consider trying before you buy. Anything is this range or above I would gladly order at a restaurant or buy a bottle.
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 mix it with soda or in a cocktail, instead of trying to enjoy its own flavours.
50-64: Bad; not recommended.


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