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Whisky Review: Wiser's 18 Years Old Limited Release Canadian Whisky

  • Jun 18, 2010
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+5

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 ago. that it is one of the very best whiskies that Canada has to offer.

In fact it was a bottle of the Wiser’s 18 Years Old which began my passion for collecting and writing about spirits.  About five years ago, a bottle of this whisky which had been purchased in 1980, and then saved for about 25 years was opened for me when I was visiting my Brother-in Law.  His sharing of a special whisky, led me to seek out a special whisky of my own that I could share with him.  The whisky I found during that search was Wiser’s Red Letter Whisky.  But it was during that search for a special whisky that I sampled and tasted my way into a passion for spirits that resulted in my blog.  So it is really a pleasure to finally review the current version of the whisky which started it all, Wiser’s 18 Years Old Limited Release Canadian Whisky.

Here is an Excerpt from my review:

“…A  rich mahogany and copper coloured whisky greeted my eyes when I poured a glass of Wiser’s 18 into my glass.  I tilted the glass and slowly turned it to impart a nice thick oily sheen upon the sides. Then I sat back and watched fat droopy droplets of whisky slide slowly back …”

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Review:Wiser’s 18 Years Old Limited Release Canadian Whisky

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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.

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