Throughout our inaugural protection of Hunt & Gather I had been unaware that the “lot #1” indication on the label was extra than simply fanciful advertising. Hunt & Collect is certainly a part of a sequence — and if lot #2 is any information, they’re going to differ fairly a bit, pushed totally by sourcing distinctive barrels. How a lot selection are we speaking about? Whereas H&G lot #1 was a 15 yr previous bourbon, lot #2 is a 15 yr previous Canadian whisky — a high-corn expression from “considered one of western Canada’s pioneering distilleries” (presumably Alberta).
Whereas H&G #1 was a stable, previous bourbon, H&G #2 doesn’t precisely blow one’s thoughts. On the nostril, the whisky is instantly heavy with candy notes of maple syrup that’s been lower with black pepper and laced with well-toasted cereal grains. A touch of menthol provides it a barely industrial aroma. Issues discover a higher stability on the palate, however the whisky stays each tough across the edges and really candy, once more intense with maple notes and exhibiting somewhat caramel, milk chocolate, and a touch of espresso bean. Notes of applesauce emerge late within the recreation. The end reprises some mint, with extra of an Andes mint character, and is kind of warming because of its important abv. On the entire, although, nothing makes sufficient of an influence to chop by the huge and comparatively blunt maple core.
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