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Two Brewers Release 11 Innovative

43% ABV - Yukon Territory, Canada

Nose: Malt, roasted malt or coffee, and malted cereal that defines the sweetness of this dram. There are some light fruits–pear and banana–intertwined with some Manuka honey, and minor liquorice.

Taste: It’s an amalgamation of sweet grain, roasted malt, light fruits, and mild spices. The flavours from the nose–particularly the roasted malt and coffee notes–carry through here. I’ll agree to any suggestion of tropical fruit, like a papaya.

Finish: Roasted malt, fading sweetness, and mild spices with nutmeg.

Two Brewers is one of my favourite distilleries in Canada! I have really enjoyed tasting the small batch releases over the years (I think that each release is in the ballpark of 800-1600 bottles). In another month, there will be a total of 22 releases–and, so far, I have had the privilege to try 7 of them... with still 3 more samples in the backlog! (I’ll get to them soon!)

This particular expression, Release 11: Innovative, uses Munich malts to produce the spirit. I can’t say that I have ever had that as the mash for a whisky before! It’s quite the malted explosion in this dram. There is so much character on the nose and it runs right through to the end. This one was easy to refill, and refill again after my review notes were typed!

One thing that I really like about Yukon Spirits/Two Brewers, is that there is so much variation between releases. And that is on purpose, of course. There are four main "categories" that each release falls under: Classic (the house malt style), Innovative (featuring interesting experiments or techniques, like this one), Peated (self-explanatory), and Special Finishes (usually ex-Sherry, but not exclusively).

I recently moved near a store that has a bunch of dusty releases–some earlier than this one! And I think that I’ll be scooping one of those up sooner than later...

Details: Bottle 242 of 810. Release No. 11, September 2018. "Two Brewers uses character building Munich malts to create a dram with concentrated malt depth and rich flavour from entry to finish."

Tasting Notes (Official): Mashing with Munich malts intensifies the malt depth in the whisky. A thick cereal grain nose wafts from the glass. The granola and graham cracker base is round and coating, carrying tropical and dried fruit from start through the long lingering finish.

Tasted 16 October 2020. (Posted 19 October 2020.)

80/100
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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