An old bottle of Harwood’s Blended Canadian whisky that we think was released some time in the 1940s.
No, Harwood’s is not the star it has been made out to be. But it’s still a damn good, cheap blend.
Traits: Less malt, more peat. Super cheap and tasty.
Tasting Notes: “The nose is filled with a mix of minerality and complexity. The palate notes are a pleasant mix of malt and peat, and the finish is smooth and long-lasting. This is a Canadian blend done right.”
Traits: The nose is sort of fading. But the best way to describe the Hermitage is that it is a very, very strong whisky. Not for sissy sipping. So, like, don’t gulp it. It’s like an alcoholic androstenone. The palate is also strong, notably with notes of salt, but also strong on burnt oak moss.
Tasting Notes: “The nose is strong and the palate is intense and complex. Lots of depth here, and a bit of smoky tinge. The finish is long and sweet, creamy and smooth.”
Tasting Notes: The nose is full of alcohol vapours. It is also quite pungent, although not in a bad way not like a carcinogenic bad way. There is also a slight and subtle smokiness that appears in the middle of the palate.
Tasting Notes: “A lot of fresh fruit here, and in the nose as well. While the mid palate is a little bit stronger in this one, the finish is rich. And a little long-lasting.”
Tasting Notes: “The nose is a very strong and “dirty” one. Extremely alcoholic, with many strong notes of peat. The palate is strong and considerable sweet, with notes of caramel, honey and chocolate. “
Tasting Notes: The palate is full of notes of honey. This is the palate I imagine would appeal to kids. It is sweet and mushy.
Tasting Notes: “This is the whiskey of choice for the ladies. Pungent, spicy yet slightly smoky all in all quite similar to a bourbin dubbed. A lot of licorice note that comes on in the middle and lingers throught the finish. “
Tasting Notes: “The nose is very strong, with a subtle hint of juniper. The palate is also quite strong but strangely there is almost no peat to be found. Also there is a slight sour note, that some people would swear they smell. The finish is also long and sweet. Strong enough speak to casual consumption.”
Tasting Notes: “This is perhaps the most common blend, and pretty good too. It has hints of chocolate and caramel, with hints of smokiness and a vanilla note in the finish. Very smooth and easy drinking.”
Tasting Notes: “This has the great colour of a bourbon, but little else to brag about. The palate is “strong” and oaky. I like this as a mixer. But I wouldn’t necessarily call it good enough to drink a glass by itself.”
Tasting Notes: “The nose is full of aromatic minerality, and hint of caramel. The palate is a smooth, sweet and smooth, with slightly sweet undertones and a lite note of vanilla.”
Tasting Notes: Nose: Sweet, smooth, very mild and a little “smoky”. Palate: Sweet and strong, rounded out with a subtle touch of vanilla and, for good measure, hint of caramel with a bit of rum
Tasting Notes: Nose: Sweet, caramel, slightly smoky, like a pretty good bourbon. Palate: Whisky! Smooth, warm and slow burn. As a palate whisky, this is very tastier than most mainstream blenders.
Tasting Notes: “This is also a good blend, but by no means one of the great ones. There is a nice aroma of vanilla and caramel. The palate is smooth with what I would describe as a dry finish.”
Tasting Notes: “Smooth, with hints of tobacco. The blend has a very mild flavor and mild finish. I would call this one of the best blends out there.”
Tasting Notes: “This is a blend that has been around for many years, and for good reason. One of the best blends you can find at the corner store. Very smooth, with hints of caramel. The palate is sweet, with just the barest hint of smoke.”
Tasting Notes: “This is one of the most popular blends of the 40s and 50s. If you are coming to the part of this review when you ask yourself whether or not Harwood’s was revamped, you have not been paying attention.”
Tasting Notes: “Smooth, mild with very pronounced peat and caramel tones. Don’t drink this one at room temperature though: it loses its sheen right away. It’s potent. You can’t get high off of this.”
Tasting Notes: “Very strong syrupy notes, creamy and smooth, but very sweet and strong. While not as strong as Harwood’s Deluxe, it does have more depth and complexity than its younger sibling.”