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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Collingwood: Whisk(e)y Wednesday presented by Calandro's Supermarket

Finally Whisk(e)y Wednesday returns to Canada with a look at Collingwood Blended Canadian Whisky. This seems fitting since I traveled to Toronto recently and part one of my blog post recently hit Visit Baton Rouge's Red Stick Blog. Of course, Canada Day was July 1st, and tomorrow is July 4th and perhaps we should be celebrating American whiskey, but that's alright. Unfortunately, Collingwood did not impress me like the peameal bacon sandwich from the Carousel Bakery at the St. Lawrence Market. The nose carried plenty of maple syrup flavors with hints of sawdust or wood pulp, as Taco Bell would call it. On the lips, you taste the stank. The whisky is smooth, but it is far from good. Jeremy described the taste as a terrible medicinal nightmare. To me it had an essence of a sweet and sour sauce that went wrong. On the finish to continues to be pretty lackluster. There might be some complexity in the variety of off-putting flavors, but the balance certainly is not there. If you bought this whisky expecting some Canadian gold, I hope you kept the receipt. This one, aside from the decently cool bottle, is not even worth having in the collection.

Collingwood Blended Canadian Whisky

Average Score 42.33

Whisk(e)y Wednesday is a blog post series on Bite and Booze sponsored by Calandro's Supermarket. Calandro's has one of Baton Rouge's best selections of bourbon, Scotch, Irish, and other whisk(e)ys as well as wine and craft beer. This WW feature was scored by Jay DucoteEric Ducote, and Jeremy Spikes. Scores are marked for Nose, Taste, Finish, and Balance and Complexity using our own proprietary scoring system. Marks are then added and averaged, leaving us with a final score out of a 100 point scale. Our scale should be looked at on the full range of 0-100 rather than an academic range where 70 is passing and anything less is failing. A 50 should be considered a very mediocre whisk(e)y while anything below 20 is absolute horse piss and anything above 90 is rather extraordinary.