Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Canada Week Part II: Caribou Crossing
As my second in a week of Canadian Whiskeys, I thought I'd finally try Caribou Crossing. This is a Canadian Whisky from an undisclosed distillery bottled by Buffalo Trace. (Buffalo Trace is named for the path created by migrating buffalo, so the name "Caribou Crossing" is a bit of a play on that). It's a single barrel whiskey that was first released in 2010. Buffalo Trace isn't revealing whether this is a single-grain Canadian "flavor whiskey" or a blend which was blended prior to barreling or rebarreled after blending. As always with single barrels, results may vary. There is no barrel number or other identifier so you just have to take your chances, though I should note that I've had this particular bottle for a few years.
Caribou Crossing Single Barrel Canadian Whisky, 40% abv ($45)
This has a nice bourbony nose with caramel and some oak notes; nosing blind, I would certainly guess that it was a bourbon. On the palate, it's more distinctly Canadian, but with a richness that isn't typical of Canadian blends (at least the ones we tend to see in the US). There's chocolate, rye and some nice oak notes all backed up with some traditional Canadian sweetness. The finish has muted rye spice and honey.
This is a nice whisky, certainly better than most Candian Whiskies I've had.