JP Wisers 35 Year Old – 50% abv

August 28, 2017


Sweet flowers and heady green fruits, barrel tones, unlit cigar, sweet grain, soft and sweet then brisk and glowing on the tongue. A basket of fall fruits and a glowing spicy mouthfeel. Peppery going down with hints of hay and green grass. Soft waxy finish. ★★★★★

The longest-aged whisky Wiser’s has ever released and it is truly a stunning beauty. High abv corn spirit distilled more than 35 years ago has sat gently maturing in well-used ex-bourbon barrels and the result is as you would expect.

The blend also includes just under 10% of column and pot distilled rye aged in virgin oak barrels. Loaded with high esters – fruits and flowers – with clean crisp barrel notes that support without intruding on a palate that is remarkably complex even for whisky this old.

Buttery, almost creamy on the palate, it never loses its brisk peppery edge. After a cornucopia of fall fruit and lush summer hay it settles into a peppery but waxy long and vaguely sweet finish. Several minutes after sipping it, your mouth is still telling you that you have experienced the dram to hold all others up to.

Making whisky from just one type of spirit requires great blending skills. Not every barrel will age the same and Don Livermore and his team at Hiram Walker distillery have done a remarkable job in creating this tightly balanced blend.  Oh this is good stuff, possibly the best whisky you have ever tasted.

This is one of four Rare Releases for 2017 in the Northern Border Collection.

★★★★★ Very highly recommended. Do not miss this one – it will sell out quickly.

$164.95 at LCBO. Price subject to verificationwhen it is released in October 2017.


34 Responses to “JP Wisers 35 Year Old – 50% abv”

  1. Maryse:

    Hi Davin,

    do you know if this will be available in Québec or just at the LCBO?

    Thank you!

    • Davin:

      I do not know if SAQ bought any. It is available across Canada if the liquor boards want it.

    • SMicks:

      If you haven’t already grabbed a bottle of the 35, I noticed there are 30 available on the SAQ website.

  2. wow, I can’t wait for this one. Davin, do you have an exact date in October? if not, can you announce it on this site when/if you find out?

    • Joe Coltson:

      This (and the other three rare releases) are already available in Calgary – I picked the Wiser’s and Pike up two weeks ago – still waiting for the Ontario release (sigh)

  3. Mark:

    Is there an age statement on the flavouring whisky component?

    • Davin:

      The whisky is at least 35 years old. They don’t break it down by component.

  4. Can’t wait to get my samples of this to review. So happy they went with 50% on this one. Super pumped to try it. Great review Davin.

  5. Toronto Tim:

    OMG ! how our CAD whiskies have exploded !

    • Toronto Tim:

      … and what a way to celebrate CANADA 150 ! !

  6. Toronto Tim:

    165$ is a bit too steep, may be ? considering Alberta Premium 30 yo was 50$ … perhaps 100 $/W35 is more reasonable … just guessing

    • Davin:

      My guess is that it will sell out quickly. It is worth every penny. Alberta Premium 30 was WAY underpriced.

  7. Toronto Tim:

    Hi DK, i wonder if u have any insight to CC40 – Canadian Club 40 years old 45%abv … for Ocotber release in Ontario

    • Toronto Tim:

      (( Page 63 of LCBO Food & Drink Autumn 2017 ))

    • Davin:

      It is awesome. I will post a review here on Sept 27.

  8. [...] J.P. Wiser’s 35 Year Old is one of the oldest Canadian Whiskies ever produced. It represents a traditional blended rye whisky that has experienced the harsh Canadian winters and warm summers over 35 years in our ageing warehouse.” 750ml bottle priced at $164.95. [...]

  9. YYC Doug:

    It just arrived in AB yesterday. Very tasty and complex for an old corn blend.

  10. Shawn:

    Hi Davin, “Chip” noted that it tastes “moldy”. You did not have this same reaction. I do agree that some people taste mold easier than others like me, but I have not tried this whisky yet:

    • Davin:

      I tried it again and do not detect anything mouldy. This is the second time Chip and I have disagreed on that note and since he has such a refined palate, I am going to assume that he is more sensitive to it than I am. I think this is just about the finest whisky I have ever tasted.

  11. neandrewthal:

    I tried to get the scoop at my local LCBO about when they are getting this (if they are) and the employee there had no idea what I was talking about. She showed me the employee catalog they have for next months releases including the Wiser’s 15 and CC40 but absolutely nothing about anything in the Northern Border Collection.

  12. Jeremy:

    Where in Calgary is the wisers avalible if been looking everywhere for it

  13. toronto tim:

    LCBO staff is useless sometimes … do your own net surfing and homeworks before getting to Ontario stores. . .

  14. chris:

    i have one for myself hope it was agood investment .

  15. Brandan Adams:

    Hi how do I get a bottle in alberta

    • Davin:

      I am sure it is coming to Alberta.

  16. Too Tall Tony:

    Hi Gavin,

    Just picked up a bottle at BC Liquor Store, part of their annual Spirit Release. As usual agree with your opinion and your impressions. Not probably, but absolutely the best dram I have ever had the pleasure of. If anyone doesn’t believe Canadian whisky can stand with the best in the world give them a dram of this. Like an Angel, cryin’ on your tongue…

  17. neandrewthal:

    Easy to order on LCBO website for over a week now. 8 bottles left. I bet they will probably get more after too.

  18. Jeremy:

    How many bottles of the 35 year old were produced?

  19. Mitch:

    4000 bottles were produced making it fairly rare. I bought 5 bottles from world of whisky downtown calgary and it is without a doubt my favorite. 165 bucks a bottle is steep but well worth it. Under my nose i get spice, oak, fresh floral and the taste is amazing. For being 100 proof its smooth and the after bite is peppery and spicy. Its almost a shame to drink it

  20. Eric:

    I’m looking to get my hands on a bottle of wisers union 52 and a bottle of wisers 150 (Canada’s 150 commemoration) shoot me an email of you have any available. I’m in London Ontario. Thanks so much!

    • Gordon:

      I have a bottle of the 150 for sale or trade

  21. Winnipeg V:

    Not sure that I agree with all “high-ever” score for this one. It is quite rough with a lot of young-ish palate and not very pleasant finish. For CAD$169 you can get much, much better single malts from all around the World… We had this one tasted blind early January among several US whiskey, Single Scotch Whiskey, Japanese and Taiwanese whiskey. This one was by far the worst one with an average score of 65…

  22. Dan C.:

    My initial reaction was quite different than most here. However a few days later I retried it and let the glass sit for a while to open up. Any astringent tastes disappeared what was left was classic Canadian whisky with a more nuanced and refined palate.

  23. Jay:

    Did anyone notice if there was some sediment/sulfites in their bottles? I have an unopened bottle and there is a small, but noticeable amount of cloudiness towards the bottom. I believe Chip mentioned something similar, but it doesn’t go into too much detail. Just want to confirm whether or not this should be here. Thanks!

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