Gooderhams 15 Year Old Centennial Canadian Whisky

Gooderhams Centennial 15yo

July 1, 2017


Loaded with rye spices, dark fruits, wet slate, sweet spices and hot gingery pepper. Sweet, crisp and slightly pulling. Develops a gorgeous lasting glow in your mouth and maintains breadth and complexity long into the finish. Some crisp barrels notes with fruity overtones – prunes, red grapes, dried apples and grapefruit.  Lovely barrel tones with just a hint of silky tannins. ★★★★★

When James Gooderham Worts and his uncle, William Gooderham began distilling whisky early in the 1830s, they could not have known they would have a key role in turning an inhospitable territory into a prospering nation. Distilling was, after all, a sideline to their intended trade: milling flour. However, in the decades before Confederation, their distillery paid more taxes to what would become the government of Canada, than any other enterprise in the land.

So, it is fitting that when the Centennial of Canada’s Confederation rolled around in 1967, Hiram Walker & Sons, which owned Gooderham & Worts distillery and brand, celebrated by releasing this 15 year old beauty. It was so well received that they continued to make it for at least a decade after Centennial celebrations had passed. LCBO’s price of $8.00 a bottle was certainly no bargain in 1971when this bottle was purchased but it was well worth every penny.

Rye notes resonate from a rich vanilla toffee base. Think cloves, nutmeg, citrus fruits, hints of prunes and dried apples.  A blazing example of the blenders art.

Collectible and desirable. ★★★★★


14 Responses to “Gooderhams Centennial 15yo”

  1. neandrewthal:

    Peerfect review for July 1st. I was lucky enough to celebrate with my own bottle, distilled in 1952. Excellent whisky. Now I’d love to save a bottle of J.P. Wiser’s 150 for Canada’s 200th birthday but I blinked and I missed it.

  2. John velocci:

    This looks very familiar. My parents may have one of the original bottles from 1971. Lcbo doesn’t have this. Will they be getting it?

    • Davindek:

      No, this is an old bottle from 1967.

      • John velocci:

        Sorry i thought they started releasing new bottles. Do you know anything about the crown royal wine barrel finished whisky? Is it just their standard fine delux whisky just finished in wine casks? If so, i don’t see why they are selling it for $70. Is wine barrel finishing really worth another $40?

  3. Peter Kubota:

    I have an unopened bottle with vinyl bag and original box, bag in fantastic condition and box in really good condition if anyone is interested

    • Sandi:

      Hi Peter. Did you ever sell this? My father who is 91 has this too and wonders of it’s value.
      Just wondering what you may have gotten for it.

      Thank you.

  4. Greg:

    I own a bottle. Anyone interested?

  5. how much are you guys asking for it?

  6. April:

    I also have an unopened bottle for sale in vinyl case and original box

  7. Betty:

    Does anyone know what it is worth? I also have a bottle in white zippered case and box if anyone is interested.

    • Davin:

      There are hundreds, probably thousands of these still around so don’t be misled into thinking they are valuable. Maybe a hundred dollars, or maybe two if you find the right buyer.

      • Betty:

        Thanks for your feedback Davin.

  8. William Wiseman:

    Hi, I came across these posting about the Gooderham’s Centennial Whiskey and looked at the bottle I kept. Mine was bottled in 1962 and the box and case are in as new condition. Has anyone actually sold their bottle recently and can give me an idea what it may be worth. Thanks

  9. Betty:

    I still have mine William. No takers.

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