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A worldwide first: A Clear Aged Whisky: White Owl Canadian Whisky

  • Mar 7, 2010

White Owl Canadian Whisky 88.5/100
a review by Chip Dykstra (Aka Arctic Wolf)

There is a new whisky in Canada, and  it is completely different from any other whisky I have seen. The distillation mash for the whisky is based on wheat, not barley or corn, which is not as surprising as you may think, as the distillers of White Owl Whisky are Highwood Distillers, based in High River, Alberta. They have, after all, been distilling their very wonderful Centennial Whisky with a wheat based mash for many years. It is the next feature of the whisky which I found most interesting and unusual. This is a clear aged  whiskey! In fact if the bottle did not say whisky on the front you might think you were buying Vodka…until you opened the bottle, at which time you would realize that the spirit in the bottle is unmistakeably whisky!  The whisky achieves its clear form by the means of carbon filtration. Highwood crafts and blends an aged whisky, and then runs it through a filtration process to remove all colour and smooth out the taste profile. This is a first for me, and I believe a first for Canadian Whisky! In fact Highwood makes the claim that this may be the first clear aged  whisky ever produced.

I was lucky enough to receive a sample bottle directly from the distillery after a recent tour and I am happy to share the results of my hard labour.

You may read the full review on my bog here:

Review: (Highwood Distillers) White Owl Canadian Whisky

The review also includes five great cocktails for your enjoyment.

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I have my own Blog called The Rum Howler Blog (and Whisky now too!) where I review Spirits and try to pair them with great cocktails.   Member of RumXP (International Panel of Rum Experts)   … more
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Highwood Distillers of High River, Alberta was created as Sunnyvale Distillers in 1974.  During the first 35 years, the company saw moderate but steady growth.  A new management team was put in place in 1997, and in 2005 that the company asserted itself as a dominant player in the Canadian whisky industry with the acquisition of the Potters brand (Andres Wines).   With this new growth came the need for physical expansion of the facility, new equipment for packaging and a new warehouse directly across the street from the Distillery.  I had the opportunity to tour this new facility on February 17, 2010, and you can find my write up on this tour here:

The Highwood Distillery Tour

Highwood is now a major player in the Canadian Whisky category.  They are the only independent, Alberta owned, distillery in the world.  Boasting aged whisky stocks of up to 30 years, the company is poised to continue its success story into the future.

White Owl Whisky is the creation of Master Blender Glen Hopkins.  The whisky produced in High River is from locally supplied wheat which Hopkins claims “is the best source” for whisky in the entire world. 
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Brand: White Owl Whisky
Category: Canadian Whisky

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