Caribou Crossing Single Barrel is a relatively new player in the Canadian Whisky market, first hitting shelves in 2010. It’s billed as the world’s first single barrel Canadian whisky, and it’s pulled from an inventory of more than 200,000 Canadian whisky barrels under the Sazerac portfolio. The casks are hand-selected by Sazerac’s Drew Mayville. He chooses the most mature and flavor-rich samples for bottling, and since it’s a single barrel whisky, each bottle of Caribou Crossing should be slightly different from the rest.
On the nose, our bottle of Caribou Crossing Single Barrel is full of rich vanilla and rye spices, plus some light oak. The flavors include creamy vanilla, toasted dessert notes — like the burnt topping of creme brulee — and hints of citrus fruits. Toward the finish, you’ll find more citrus, predominantly orange, and some mildly-spiced rye grains. It starts and finishes smooth, well-balanced and very drinkable.
This isn’t your average Canadian whisky. That’s reflected both in the quality and the price tag, as Caribou Crossing rings in at around $50 per bottle. It’s well worth it though, if you’re looking for an easy-drinking Canadian that offers more style and substance than the usual suspects.
- 40% Alcohol by Volume