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Golden Wedding 40% abv

July 20, 2014

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A simple but not simplistic whisky. Hot, peppery and slightly spirity and rich in toffee, with hints of burnt caramel and nutty dry grain. Rye notes come through as dusty, earthy and flinty, with suggestions of pickle juice along with cooked fruit and hints of flowers. A well balanced dram, Golden Wedding ends with typical Canadian whisky pithiness. Simple and enjoyable mixed with ginger ale, on ice or straight up.

Golden Wedding is one of the successful American whiskeys that Louis Rosenstiel bought for a song then moved to Canada where he converted it into a respectable Canadian whisky. He distilled it at the Schenley distillery in Valleyfield, Quebec. With the sale of Schenley to Constellation Brands, production moved once again, this time to Black Velvet distillery in Lethbridge, Alberta.

Across Canada, there are pockets where Golden Wedding is hugely popular. For example, for the most part, bars in Newfoundland carry only a few brands of whisky, but almost always, Golden Wedding is among them.  In a tall glass filled with ice it makes a most refreshing hot summer patio drink, and in winter warms the soul consumed straight. A simple whisky, and one well worth a try if you spot it on a bar in Canada.

$24.95 at LCBO.

★★★☆ Recommended.




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5 Responses to “Golden Wedding 40% abv”

  1. Alex:

    Davin! You’ve got to be kidding us with this review! Golden Wedding has got to be the worst whisky Canada has to offer, it’s even worse than Seagrams! Last time I drank Golden Wedding I felt burning in my stomach, not unlike an ulcer sensation, from the neutral grain spirit that’s mixed into this whisky. This spirit is subpar on every level and I’m finding hard to believe that I am alone with this opinion. Why are you promoting this whisky? Were you paid for it???

    • Davin:

      Hi Alex,

      I’m just back from Newfoundland where this is one of the most popular of bar whiskies. More and more I believe that enjoying whisky is about the occasion and I enjoyed this one on several occasions while there. I do have a bottle which I sampled when I got back, and yes, it is not a show stopper but it is great with ginger ale and just fine over ice. I’m not deliberately promoting this whisky, or any other, and no, I was not paid to promote it, nor did I get a free bottle. I enjoyed it and am happy to let others know about it, that’s all.

      Now. On the subject of neutral grain spirits. This is a common myth and widely believed, but there is no neutral grain spirit in Golden Wedding, NONE. There is no neutral spirit in any other Canadian whisky either. Golden Wedding is made entirely from whisky that has been aged for at least 3 years, some of it years longer. American blends can contain neutral spirits but this is strictly forbidden in Canadian whisky.

      Thanks for your comments. Wouldn’t life be boring if we all liked the same things?

  2. I actually quite enjoyed this, and sipped about half the bottle, and mixed about half the bottle with some friends. It is a bit rough about the edges, but I found the delivery of the rye quite fantastic.

    And, though it has undoubtedly changed with time, it certainly is quite wonderful to drink something that’s been around for so long (there are even old ads you can find for this whisky from the 30s!).

    Thanks for the review Davin!


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