gillmang wrote:Just out in Ontario is Wiser's Legacy, advertised on the label as a pot still rye whisky. It is 45% ABV. No age statement. Corby bought Wiser's in the 1930's and itself later became part of Hiram Walker or controlled by it I believe. I am not sure now who owns the Corby brands, maybe Beam Global or Pernod Ricard (I think the latter). They are produced at the historical Hiram Walker plant in Windsor, Ontario. ...
Lot 40, an earlier pot still release from Corby, was apparently a combination of malted rye and unmalted rye whiskies. IMO, Legacy is much better: clearly older with better flavours and development....
Kudos to Corby for releasing another pot still whisky and presumably another of its flavouring whiskies (or something close to them), as urged for many years by consumer writers and whisky devotees.
Gary, thank you for a very informative review. I am a huge fan of Lot 40, and consider it a superb 100% rye. (I'm fortunate to be located in MI, across from Windsor, Ont, and am able to pick it up for ~ US $40 when I drive across the river. Lot 40 is, thankfully, now being distributed in some U.S. states, but at ~$60.) Wiser's Legacy is an excellent, truly classic, premium whisky. I find Wiser's Legacy to be softer and silkier that Lot 40 (somewhat akin to Crown Royal Reserve). I find Lot 40 to be much bolder and spicier, and more comparable to American straight ryes.
Pernod Ricard is a majority shareholder in Corby's, which is a distiller and distributor of alcoholic products. Pernod Ricard and Corby's have an agreeement as to distiling and marketing one another's brands. For example, Corby's operates the Hiram Walker Distillery in Windsor, Ont., with the distillery owned by Pernod Ricard. At the Hiram Walker Distillery, Corby's produces and bottles a range of alcoholic products for Corby's brands, for Pernod Ricard brands, as well as under contract for others. Lot 40 and Wiser's are both Corby brands.
Corby's also produces, at the Windsor distillery, Canadian Club whiskies under contract with Beam, Inc. Beam bottles Canadian Club at one of its KY bottling locations for export beyond North America.
Interestingly, Canadian Club whiskies are quite popular in the U.S. However, Wiser's whiskies are the best selling Canadian whiskies in Canada (outselling Canadian Club)!