Century reserve 21
Im proudly holding a bottle of century reserves 21 year old. Highwood consistently puts out connoisseur style whiskies with almost every production. What confuses me is the label vs. make up. The label says Canadian rye whisky, but on the inside its 100% pure corn whisky.
Due to Canada’s unwavering ability to remain undecided on everything, we can still name any sort of Canadian whisky rye, no matter the makeup. This is a 100% single grain corn whisky aged 21 years. No blending required. Cool eh?
Ive been told before to think of whisky barrels as tea bags, use them once and they are full of flavor and add deep rich, stunning flavours to the front. Dip that bag into another cup of hot water, and the results just aren’t the same. Its subtle, lighter in colour and adds nuance, rather than that uppercut of flavor to the mouth, and so is Canadian whisky.
Bottle: lovely old school square decanter like once seen on dynasty, or moms soap operas.
Isopropyl when sniffed right away. soft cleaning chemical too. corn, bourbon notes, burnt firewood. closed nose, but time evolves the fresh fruit aroma. Woody glucose.
Corn kernel, stewed corn cobs, cream, lots of oak, sweetness like hard crack sugar, cracked peppercorns, sugar cane, touch of pine, Bacardi white, tobacco, citrus pith. Kentucky bourbon and hard candy. Airing out for at least half an hour releases character to an otherwise closed palate.
This is like a Canadian bourbon. I find bourbon to be too oaky and alcoholic a lot of the time. 21 years in once fill bourbon barrels did this whisky some real favors though. this is outstanding corn whisky. Once poured, this does have to sit for a little while. At least 15 minutes. Otherwise, it just doesn’t reveal its jewels. The finish is long and clean, and well balanced. Big pat on the back highwood.
I traveled over 2 hours to buy this. Maybe you should too.