Finished in Ex-Pedro Ximénez Spanish Oak Sherry Butt for 12 months
Proof: 117.8 proof
Mash bill: 66% Rye, 30% Corn, 4% Barley
Distilled in: Canada
Bottle count: 630 bottles
Tasting Notes: The nose tells two stories. On one hand, it presents bright, rich jam preserves, fig and lovely golden raisins. On the other, it promises mature rye spice and sweet oak vanillins. At 117.8 proof, the palate lands definitively rye, with mouth-coating cinnamon and black pepper. The red-fruit sweetness resurfaces on the back of the palate, dovetailing in tandem with the Spanish oak tannins, creating a lingering combination of mulled spice warmth and raspberry jam on the finish.
About the product:
Found North Season 1, Barrel #7 was further matured for a year in a Pedro Ximénez Spanish Oak Sherry Butt. It drinks like raspberry jam lathered thick on buttered rye toast.
Picking when to bottle a single barrel is one of the most enjoyable and challenging aspects of making whisky. Whisky does not always age in a linear manner. The flavors that begin to emerge don’t simply intensify and concentrate. They ripple and roll like waves in the ocean. One moment they are there. The next they are gone. It’s like a walk through a field of flowers. The wind carries a beautiful note on its currents and by the time you identify it, the note is in the wind and in the past.
There is no turning back. If you loved a note in month 7 that vanishes in month 8, you can’t recover and bottle what you had. The only choice is between “now” and “wait and see.” So when do you bottle an undulating palate and an ephemeral nose? When do you decide the moment is now?
We search for a moment that presents specific identifiable characteristics. A single barrel is inherently singular so we wait for a unique combination of nose, landing, palate and finish that captivates our imagination and expands our palate. When that moment arrives, we bottle it.
The finish crescendos with baking spices, black pepper and mahogany wood chips. Only in the resonant lingering spice and smoldering Spanish oak finish does the cask strength nature (58.9% ABV) of this whisky reveal itself. The spicy warmth hangs for minutes reminding you that this is indeed a full proof rye.