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Historical Overview of Wiser’s Canadian Whiskies

Founder, John Philip (J.P.) Wiser, purchased a distillery in Prescott Ontario in 1857, and began to produce Wiser’s Whisky.  In fact the J.P. Wiser distillery may have been the first to use the term “Canadian Whiskey’ on their whisky labels, as this is how the whisky was proudly labeled at the 1893 Chicago’s Wold’s Fair.

From the beginning J.P. Wiser established his brand as a quality whisky with high standards of production.  As a result the distillery grew, as did the popularity of Wiser’s style of whisky, and by the early 1900′s Wiser’s  was the third largest distiller of whisky in Canada.

The Company merged with the H. Corby Distillery Company sometime after the death of J.P. Wiser in 1917.  Shortly after in 1932, production of the Wiser’s brands moved to the Corby distillery.  A controlling interest in the Corby distillery was acquired by Hiram Walker several years later. By 1989, the Corby distillery was closed and all production was moved to the Hiram Walker Distillery.  Through all of these changes the Wiser’s Brand has been recognized as a vital component of each company’s portfolio of brands.

So 150 years later,  Wiser’s  remains one of Canada’s leading whisky brands.  In fact,  today, Wiser’s is one of the top selling brands of Canadian Whisky worldwide.

Wiser’s Small Batch Canadian Whisky

Wiser’s Small Batch Canadian Whisky is a relative newcomer to the Wiser’s stable of whiskies.  It was released in the fall of 2008 replacing the Wiser’s Reserve.   There are a few important differences in Wiser’s Small Batch which make it somewhat unique as far Canadian Whisky is concerned.   First, it is made in small batches using traditional distilling methods, hence the name Wiser’s Small Batch, and secondly, the bottling strength is 43.4 % rather than the traditional 40 %.  This slightly higher strength should allow the whisky to display more texture in the mouth and a more concentrated flavour and aroma.

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I am going to admit right up front that this whisky has, for the last fifteen years or so, been one of my very favourites.  This stretches well back in time before I was even considering a hobby as a spirits writer.  My review, as a result,  may at times be a little over zealous in its praise, but I guess I feel it is more honest that way, as  I am truly passionate about the Wiser’s 18 Years Old Canadian Whisky. I have believed, ever since my first swallow fifteen years …
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