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.)