Monday, November 17, 2014
Pike Creek Whisky: Then and Now
Like Lot 40, one of my favorite new whiskies from last year, Pike Creek is a Canadian Whisky distilled at Hiram Walker and bottled by Corby Distillers. As with Lot 40, the brand was reintroduced last year after more than a decade long absence. It's a non age statement whisky finished in port casks. I'll also try a sample of its earlier incarnation from the 1990s.
Pike Creek Whisky, Current Bottling, 40% ($30)
The nose is mostly antiseptic. The palate is slightly sweet and medicinal with a touch of spice and wood before devolving into pure alcohol notes with a kiss of malt. The finish has a mild sweetness but is dominated by bitterness and alcohol notes on the palate. Between the heavy medicinal and bitter notes, this stuff is pretty horrible.
Pike Creek Whisky, 1990s, 40%
The nose on this is quite a contrast to the new version. It's mild and lightly fruity like a Sauvignon Blanc. The palate is very light but has rye spice, wood and some medicinal notes, trailing off with some beer like notes, like a light lager. The finish has some rye on the nose and medicinal notes on the palate. This one's okay.
The difference between these whiskies is surprisingly stark. While the '90s version isn't great, it's fine to drink, whereas the current version is not something I would want to drink. Whatever they did to it, they should undo it.