Collingwood 21 year old rye
21 years. What has somebody done in 21 years? think of all the things a person has accomplished in 21 years of life. learning to walk, talk, play, converse, write, learn skills, throw a punch, kiss a girl, drive, play an instrument, or hit a home run, learn to become independent and eventually get ready to share this knowledge with somebody else starting their new trek into life. its pretty incredible when you think about it.
What did a few barrels of rye do? Nothing.
Really, they pretty much did nothing.
this is a one time release of a single grain rye whisky that just sat around for a couple decades after being born. its a cool story of how one now retired master distiller hands off a project to the next distiller in line and lets him carry the torch so to speak to create this whisky.
Bottle: same ol’ Collingwood bottle. Green label and a nice black cardboard box. The packaging is actually quite nice.
Huge wafts of icing and chunky wood. A wood dominated whisky backed with camp smoke, butterscotch and toffee. Some table syrup and pear skin. Dark wine notes of with savory depth, and a touch of sourness after generous airing. An obvious sense of grain is over the top.
First off is a vanilla flavoured dill pickle, on rye bread. Sour fruit, like yellow cherries and granny smiths, followed by spicy, spicy cinnamon and cloves.
The Canadian mist racking is not very tall. Ive been told that the racking is a story tall. So that means there isn’t very much interaction between the grain and wood, rather a nice, even aging with very little expanding and contracting due to climate. Most warehouses have an area with racks that need a tall machine to lift them down, due to height and not just the spine crushing, impossible to carry weight factor. These warehouses have some sweet spots where the temperature changes so much that it seems to age the whisky more swiftly than the other barrels. This is not the case at Canada mist.
good, but forgettable.