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Century Reserve Lot 1525 (15 Year Plus)

October 2010 By Luke 6 Comments

When Highwood Distillers Ltd bought Potter’s Distillery in 2005, they also inherited whisky stocks dating back to Potter’s founding in 1958.  Included in this stock was an assortment of casks 15 to 25 years old; owing to their dates, these would have been distilled in Potter’s Kelowna distillery (or perhaps earlier, in their Langley distillery before relocating to Kelowna).  The Century Reserve 15 Years Plus (or Lot 1525) is the bottling of these casks, and what a bottle it is: with a long-stemmed neck and gold labeling, this whisky stands out on the shelf.  Bottled at 40%, we were more interested in what was inside, however.

The first hit on the nose is a light bourbon vanilla, with related tones of brown sugar.  Extremely well balanced, the nose opens up to a light palate, with spices bursting from the whisky in a nice warm mouth feel.  Alongside the spice comes generous honey and vanilla, with a marzipan bite.  The finish is smooth and of medium length, with slightly spicey caramel tones lingering.

Throughout, the bourbon vanilla is the dominating flavour and aroma, all while being fairly well balanced.  With a purchase price just over $30, I was amazed at the quality of this whisky — another unknown Canadian gem of a whisky.  Time to stock up on these before people realize how good, and how good a value, they really are.  For another great review of this dram, check out The Rum Howler Blog.

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  • Jason's Scotch Whisky Reviews said:

    Sounds very unique for a Canadian rye whisky to taste like bourbon.

  • Luke - AspiringGent (author) said:

    Jason, given that much of Potter’s whisky at the time was corn-based, I suppose it makes some sense. But you’d have to try it for yourself to see if you agree.

  • Chip Dykstra said:

    Hi Luke

    Thanks for the reference to my review. it was appreciated.

    Rather than Boubon, I liken this whisky to a very soft Tennessee Corn whisky. It may seem a rather nit-picky difference, but bourbon by law needs to be aged in new oak and has a much heavier wood profile. This is more in the style of Tennesse corn,(IMO) in that the oak tannin does not tend to dominate, rather it co exits very well with the corn flavour. (It is much better than any Tennessee corn whisky I have tasted)

    The bottling is a 100 % corn based mash ‘bottled in bond’ under the supervision of the Canadian Government. I believe it is the only 100% Single grain Corn whisky in Canada. And i agree Luke, it is certainly a giant bargain!

  • admin said:

    Great comment (and blog), Chip. I couldn’t agree more.

  • Highwood Distillers’ Centennial 10 Year Old | The Aspiring Gentleman said:

    [...] remains there to this day.  Having purchased Potters in 2005 (as we mentioned in our review of the Century Reserve Lot 1525) Highwood has become the largest (the only, actually) independently-owned distillery in Alberta. [...]

  • Don Fisher said:

    I missed something in the comments. The 1525 is labelled Rye but Chips comments suggest 100% corn mash. I’m confused. Can someone clear it up for me. (Still seems like not bad booze though)

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