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Pike Creek, 40%

Price: $32.00 Issue: Summer 2013 Reviewer: Davin de Kergommeaux

This export-only Pike Creek reminds us of the year-to-year differences we can expect from whisky that spends Canada's brutal winters (and sweltering summers) in unheated warehouses. Slightly younger than the Canada-only version, this is just different enough to be its own whisky. Gingery hot pepper laces its way through sweet, ripe red fruit as vague menthol with a slight herbal edge slips gently into silky oak tannins. Finishes cleanly with a citrus pithiness.