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How to Contact The Rum Howler to have your Spirit Reviewed!

If you are a member of the spirits industry, and wish to see your spirit reviewed on the Rum Howler Blog, then here is where you should make your initial contact. My email address for such inquiries is:

MAIL.RUMHOWLER@GMAIL.COM

Please leave a short message regarding your inquiry. If you wish your contact request to be kept confidential, please indicate this in your email. Although I am located in Canada, I have made appropriate arrangements to receive samples from the US and abroad.

All spirits samples must be bottled and sealed in original packaging.

I will not review a sample of less than 200 ml, although the preferred sample size is 500 ml to 750ml bottle. Once contacted, I will respond via email to make arrangements to receive your sample. (I expect all costs associated with transporting the samples to my address, including taxes and duties, to be paid for by the company providing the spirit for review).

I also provide specialized consulting services to spirit producers and distributors to help assess the quality of their products. My fees for this sort of service are very reasonable (at least I think so), and you may use the above email address to contact me in confidence about such matters.

(Please Note: The email address indicated above is for industry contacts only. I will not respond to other inquiries. If you have questions or comments regarding my reviews, my recipes, or other matters relating to the blog then please use the comments section provided at the end of each article I publish.)

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About Me

I have been writing reviews of distilled spirits for about 5 years now. It began when I posted a few mad ramblings on the Ministry of Rum which gave my views on a few of the more popular Rum Brands. Soon after those ramblings were published, I was contacted by the owner of a website called Rum Connection. He was wondering if I would be interested in writing a few reviews for his website. I decided to give it a try, and the result was my first published review:

Pusser’s 15 Review

The folks at Rum Connection apparently liked what I wrote, and during the next year I published about 15 reviews for them.

Reviewing rum was so much fun that I decided to create my website, but not just for Rum. I made the decision that I would discuss all distilled spirits, and when I opened this website in October of 2009, I made sure I added a few Whisky Reviews, some Gin Reviews and a couple Tequila Reviews such that most of the major distilled spirit categories were represented. (Since opening the website, I have expanded the range to also include Vodka Reviews as well as Brandy and Cognac.) Although my focus is primarily upon Rum and Whisky, it is my belief that acquiring knowledge and skill with respect to all spirits serves to broaden my perspective and is beneficial to my over-all understanding of distilled spirits.

For what it is worth, people (and industry) seem to like what I write. Since opening the website, I have for the last three years in a row been asked to act as a Spirits Judge for the yearly Canadian Whisky Awards; as well I have twice been asked to join the international panel of judges for the International RumXP Competition at Rum Renaissance in Miami.

Having said that, I think it would be true to state that the reviews on this website represents more of a knowledgeable layman’s perspective than that of a professional taster. I hope you enjoy the reviews and find value in them; but always remember that an opinion is just that, an opinion. Do not take my writing too seriously, for opinions vary and in the end, only you can really decide if a spirit gives you enjoyment. Use my reviews as a guide, but trust your own tastes and preferences as well.

(Note: I sometimes receive comments and messages from persons who wish me to comment on the value of bottles of whisky and rum that they have in their possession. And from persons who wish to use my blog as a means to sell such bottles. Although I thank you for reading my blog, I cannot help you in these matters. My suggestion for you is to visit Whisky.com or the Ministry of Rum where it appears help in these matters may be  provided.)

220 Responses to “Contact Me”

  1. Robert said

    Hi RumHowler,

    I would love to have you review Old New Orleans Crystal rum. I don’t want to tell you what I think about it because I don’t want to sway your thoughts. All I can say is, if you haven’t tried it, you should…

    I value your opinion!

    Thanks…

    • Hi Robert

      I haven’t had the opportunity to try the Old New Orleans Rum. Then again there are probably hundreds of rums I haven’t tried yet. But if the Old New Orleans Crystal Rum becomes available in my locale then I will give it a try.

      Cheers!

      Chip

  2. Ray said

    Hi, I came across your website as my wife just got to Colombia and was going to search out some premium rums to bring back for me. Great website! It has been very informative. I read a number of different reviews as I enjoys multiple types of alcohol, so long as they are premium level. There is one tequila I would highly recommend to as I did not see it reviewed: Don Julio 1942. It is a limited production anejo which has become my beverage of choice. You can drink it neat and it has the mellowness of a premium bourbon with a remarkable tequila flavor. I would venture to say that it may hit your 98 threshold because the bottle is a beautiful presentation of the tequila, has a rich appearance in a glass, is the best I have ever tasted, has no burn and leaves a beautiful remnant of the flavor. I would certainly love to hear your input on this ultra-premium tequila. Thanks again for all of the other information as I await my bottle of Dictador 20!

    Ray

  3. Dave said

    hey Chip
    Stumbled across your website after searching for reviews of Bison grass vodka and been checking out your reviews. I noticed that Wyborowa Exquisite gets your highest review of Vodkas. Its quite pricey where I live (Vancouver), so I havent had a chance to pick up a bottle yet

    How do you compare that to the regular Wyborowa, which is about a 1/3 of the price? Would this bottle get a 90’s score?

    cheers
    Dave

  4. Bryno said

    Hey Chip, I’ve posted here once or twice, but I thought that I would let you know that I mentioned you on my blog. I just provided a quick overview about the site and linked to it. I enjoy your reviews and often have to check on my phone when I go to Sherbrooke or Chateau Louis to grab myself a good bottle of rum. If you wanna check out my post, you can do so here: http://brynosthingsthatareawesome.tumblr.com/. Thanks, keep it up!

  5. Hi Chip,

    Thanks for the great write up on ZAFRA. We jsut started posting the rums for this years Uncle Ron’s Night and used it to introduce ZAFRA..

    cheers
    don ron art

  6. Joe said

    so i was recently gifted a bottle of the glenfiddich snow phoenix and its something i would like to hold on to for drinking on special occasions. my father will be retiring soon, and i would like to open it, so we can share a drink in celebration. my question is, once i open the bottle, how can i preserve it, and will being opened bring any ill effects to my whisky as it sits on its shelf? thanks in advance, and love the blog!

    • Hi Joe

      Whisky has a rather long shelf life so it will preserve rather easily. I would suggest keeping the box or sleeve the whisky arrived in to keep light off the bottle. Light is not a huge problem but some believe that UV radiation from light can slowly damage the contents of whisky. (This is a very long term process and nothing to worry about if the bottle is to be consumed within a year.) If your bottle is corked, and if you live in a dry climate like I do, you may want to tip your bottle on its side briefly (an hour or so) every six months or so to wet the cork. Do not leave the bottle on its side for a long period of time as tipping the bottle is a double edged sword, as the whisky can over time damage the cork. Finally keep the whisky bottles in a cool place away from direct exposure to heat.

      I hope that helps.

  7. Marcel said

    I’ve joined 98 subscibing followers. That makes me No.99…a pretty cool number in this part of Alberta.
    I like your awards…Alberta Premium 30yo does not seem to be available any longer for the sub-$50.00 range. The restocking in many stores is well above this. And I’m not surprised that Gibsons Finest 12yo made the short list. It’s always been a favorite here. Another yummy Gibsons is the recent Bourbon cask finish. Keep up the good work. See you again at the Edmonton Whisky Festival.

  8. brad said

    Excellent Site, keep up the good work!

    Do you have a specific style or brand of glass you use when enjoying Dark Rums?

    • When I do my tasting session with Rum or Whisky I always use a glencain glass for at least one of the tasting sessions. But I also use a variety of other glasses depending upon my mood. I have a nice snifter/rocks glass which I like to use as well as some stemmed glassware. I think people in general tend to change things up and use different glasses on different occasions and I guess I am no different.

  9. David said

    What are your thoughts on Lemon Hart 80?

    • I am sorry, but although I have a bottle of the LH80, I have not had the occasion to open it yet. My understanding is the the LH151 is the more famous of the Lemon Hart brands as it has a large following amongst Tiki enthusiasts. The LH80 seems not to have caught on in the same way. Maybe I will use this question of yours as an excuse to finally open my bottle.

      Cheers and Stay Tuned!

  10. I am very fond of Bacardi Reserva Limitada, Founder’s Blend, despite the fact that it is not sold outside of Puerto Rico. Do you plan to review it?

    Thanks for a very interesting and informative blog!
    Taichi

    • The Bacardi Reserva Limitada is not on my review schedule. It is doubtful that I will be doing a review in the foreseeable future unless a bottle miraculously arrives at my doorstep, as it is unavailable to me in Alberta.

  11. Just Ducky said

    Hi there! I LOVE your website. It’s so comprehensive and helpful! I’m hoping you can help me out. I have a good friend who is an extensive rum collector with refined taste. I’m looking to get him a bottle of rum, that a very well educated rum collector would be happy, even proud to receive. I’m aware that he likes collecting unique Cuban rums, but other than that, I don’t know his taste. I am willing to spend up to $300 for a bottle, though I realize there can be some wonderful rums for less, I just don’t know where to begin. Any guidance would be much appreciated! Cheers!

  12. Lattegato said

    My mother was going thru an estate sale of a relative who was a Vp of one of the main unions of the AFLCIO back in the 60s and friendly with JFK and Agnew. She found bottles of unopened Cuban rum in leather presentation cases and Tennessee whiskey from the 60s. They were with photos of said relative with these politicians, and she is assuming it was from meetings with the Union or perhaps some dinner/fundraising for their campaigns. Is there a person/place you would recommend she contact to see if any collectors would be interested in these bottles?

    • I am going to suggest you go to the forums at Whisky.com and Theministryofrum.com and pose you questions there. They seem to be very helpful in these matters.

      • Lattegato said

        Thank you! She wasn’t sure if she should just throw it out or what, so I asked her to hang on while I found an expert. Appreciate the info! :)

  13. Jim sherret said

    I have been looking for an answer and it is difficult to find. I found 3 bottles of rum(One Lambs 151 One Don Q 151 and One British Pusser Navy 95.5) unopened in my attic and one bottle of crown royal opened. I know i put them in there at least 6 years ago. are they still good

  14. Larry Bly said

    Hi Chip

    Can we use parts of your review on Mocambo 20 year Art Edition? Thanks. Larry

    • Hi Larry

      I will not allow you to copy parts of my reviews for your commercial purposes, and I would consider any such copying an infringement of my intellectual property. However, it is perfectly acceptable to me for you to refer to my review and provide a link back to it. Something like…”Here is what the Rum Howler has to say…..(Link to Review).

      Thank you for asking in advance and if you wish to communicate more directly on this topic you may email me.
      Cheers!

  15. Laurence said

    Hi Chip,
    Really like the site and reviews. When do you think you’ll do a review on English Harbour, especially the 5 year. One of my favorites.
    Laurence

    • Hi Lawrence

      I am always asked when I am going to review a particular sample. In the case of English Harbour, the distributors of the product have suggested they would like reviews published, but they have been unwilling to provide a sample. Since I have over 20 samples in my queue willingly provided by other distributors, it is unlikely I will review English Harbour this Summer. My rule of thumb is to try to review spirits which are provided to me from Industry first, and spirits from my own collection second.

      I have tried the English Harbour 5 in a casual setting with friends and I quite liked it ,although I had the impression that it was almost a flavoured rum rather than a straight rum.

      • Laurence said

        Thanks for your take on the EH 5 yr, Chip. I’m moving on to sipping the English Harbour 1981 which really is a fantastic experience.

        Great review on the Alberta Premium 30 Yr and I totally agree. Awesome! Managed to find one last week and it was worth the three days of searching.

        I look forward to and appreciate all your reviews. Your evaluations are always well done and very close to how I would rate them. Saves me a lot of homework. Your review of Flor de Cana 12 yr was one of the best tips I’ve had all year.

        Cheers

  16. Ralph said

    Just heard about Alberta premium 30 year old limited edition in the bond house at Whitby Ont.
    Do you know when it will be int the sore for sale?

  17. Jason Browne said

    Hi Chip,

    I am the bar manager for an establishment in Vancouver called Calabash which is a Caribbean restaurant. We love rum here and i’ve referred to your site on numerous occasions for guidance on some of the products we carry. For this i thank you, your reviews are excellent.

    I had two queries; Firstly, we are curious as to whether you are aware of any other rum heavy bars in Canada. The liquor laws in BC prevent us from having a massive collection, but i’ve put together what i think is a strong portfolio of 80 rums and i’m curious to know if there is anywhere else in Canada that is flying the flag for rum.

    Secondly, with Tales of the Cocktail Vancouver just around the corner, i was wondering if you would be making it down to the city for the event. If so, we would love to see you down at Calabash for a drink.

    Thanks for your time.

    Jason

    • Thanks Jason

      I’m glad my reviews are beneficial to your restaurant!

      As to your first query, If their are many Rum Bars or Restaurants in Canada, then I am unaware of them as well. Although rum is becoming more and more popular, it still has a long ways to go. As to your second query, I appreciate the invite, but alas I am unable to attend very many functions outside of my own city. Although writing about rum is fun, my site (at this time) is non commercial and I cannot justify the expense of more than one or two “road trips” per year. The next festival I am attending is “Rum Renaissance” in Miami. Check out the link and maybe come on down as well.

  18. Leslie S. Melton said

    Hello Rum Howler,

    I was wondering, is there a recipe for Kraken Punch, and if so, can you please forward it to my e-mail address? Many Thank you’s are in order. I saw this drink on the menu at El Torito’s Mexican restaraunt, but I decided not to order it, but instead to try & make it myself, since my fiance’ gave me a bottle of Kraken Black Rum for Christmas last year.

  19. Sergio Perez-More said

    Hello,

    I am Cuban American and your reviews of “Rones de Cuba” are “spot on” specially the “Havana Club Cuban Barrel Proof”. At the end of march 2011 I’ll have a bottle of “Havana Club Selección de Maestros” that replaced the “Havana Club Cuban Proof” production on November 2010. My friends in Cuba tell me that “Havana Club Selección de Maestros” it is very similar to the “Havana Club Cuban Barrel Proof” but also different and better.

    If you have the chance to sample a bottle of “Ron Varadero 5 años Añejo” (also extra añejo) do not hesitate a buy it. In my honest opinion is one of the best rums produced in Cuba today.

    Contact me and I will send a sample of “Havana Club Selección de Maestros” for a taste and future review when my bottle arrives.

    Your website is a joy for all rum lovers.

    Sincerely,

    Sergio Carlos Perez-More

    • Thank You very much Sergio.

      Unfortunately, I will be unable to collect on your kind offer of a free sample. Sending Alcohol into Canada through our mail system is strictly illegal, and you precious sample would be dumped at the border by customs agents. The only samples I am allowed to receive legally from the US are full bottle samples in original packaging. (These must also go through customs. ) Perhaps when you receive your bottle you can leave a comment and let us know hoe the rum tastes!

      Cheers!

  20. rintamaki said

    has anyone heard of schenley canadian tradition 1874 bottled 1980 ,help.

  21. Jerry said

    Could you do a review on North America’s only single malt whisky “Glen Breton” it’s from Nova Scotia and I believe you can purchase it is some states and provinces as far as Alberta. In my opinion this is a very good whisky and I would like to know what you think.

  22. Brady said

    Hi, I was wondering if you were failiar with any stores in calgary that carrie dictador 20 year

  23. Frank C said

    Good day!

    I love this blog! I frequently review it. I hope our paths cross soon, for I am in Edmonton for the next few months pursuing a graduate degree.

    I am off to Cuba in a few days and I am hoping to get a few rums that are 1. rare; and 2. tasty. Do you have any suggestions? I really like Zacapa 23, Diplomatico reserva, Pyrat, some of the Renegades, etc. My collection is currently at 51 rums… and hoping to grow soon!

    One recommendation I have for a review is Ron Millinario, of Peru. Just one step above Zacapa 23 etc. in my view. I found it in Costco in California of all places. What a steal at under $30.
    Thanks for your rum contributions!

    • In Cuba, I would seek out Santiago de Cuba Rum and see if any of the well aged versions are available. There may also be a few Havanna Club Rums available that are not released here in Canada.

      Cheers! Frank

  24. Chip, all my very best wishes for 2011 to yourself and your family. Hope to run into you in the new year. Keep those reviews and commentaries coming

    Regards

    Lance

    • Hi Lance

      The reviews will keep coming as I have more than 30 samples in the queue, and I suspect more will arrive shortly. 2011 is shaping up to be a good year and I too hope we will connect and perhaps even do a few reviews simultaneously.

  25. spudman said

    I’m from WASHINGTON and would like to know if I could find some White Owl around here? THANKS

  26. Matteo said

    Really compliments for the beautiful site. Read your reviews on the rum is different from any other site, given the passion for it. Finally some honest review free from bias. Keep it up, greetings from ‘Italy, Matteo.

    PS: I recommend a good rum flavor dry and not sweet?

    Pardon my English:)

  27. george rintamaki said

    People should research the products they want at the location of there travel and even call the duty free shop or local store .This results in great savings as in canada we are allowed 1.14 litres after 48 hours .example i went to new york state and purchased 2 rm xo congnac 110.00 each (lcbo 238.00)duty free +cr cask 16 39.00 (99.00 lcbo )local store, cr xr 115.00 (lcbo 179.00 )duty free ,other high end rums and scotchs.All were bought and declared at the border. Spent 1000.00 and saved an estimated 1200.00.
    So travel with alot of family of legal age and save big money on your next holiday shopping trip. This way of buying that special bottle for your collection should be pointed out . remember do your research and use the internet and phone.

  28. Since I live over one thousand mile away, I have no idea. But perhaps someone who reads my blog will be able to answer the question.

    Cheers!

  29. André said

    Hi Chip,

    I’ve been pondering of starting up a website to publish rum reviews for the last year or so. I’ve enjoyed your blog so much that I’m looking into it even more seriously. Of course, I don’t feel like jumping into until I familiarise myself a bit more with blog programs. I plan on doing this as a hobby, as I’ll most likely be reviewing bottles from my own collection (I don’t have any ‘connections’), but at the same time I want readers to be able to rely on a steady stream of publishings on my behalf. Any advice is appreciated!! I want to have fun and share my take on this spirit!

    What I want to ask you more specificaly is I’d like to borrow (use) your review system, the Dykstra Method. I find your system very fair when it comes showcasing what a particular spirit is all about. Of course, I’ll only do this with your permission and with what you would consider fair as recognition.

    Thanks for your time and inspiration!

    André DeGrâce
    a.k.a Patapouf

  30. Don Bracken said

    Do you know if the white owl whiskey is available for sale from the MLCC here in Wpg?

  31. Gordon said

    I read your post about Highwood Distillery Tour with interest. You mentioned that the distillery tour was private. Is the distillery open to the public? I don’t see any mention of tours on their website. I sent them an email a while back and didn’t receive a reply. I’d love to visit the distillery.

    Cheers,
    Gordon

    • As far as I know the distillery does not offers tours to the public, and I was very fortunate to be given the opportunity to get as close to the operations as I did. This was a privilege which is not granted to very many persons as the operation is very lean and efficient, and I suspect they do not have the available manpower to provide regular tours.

      I will say that everyone at the distillery treated me with the utmost respect, and I would certainly enjoy another visit.

  32. Ann said

    Hi hi..i’m looking for a vintage Colombian liquor called “Columbus”.

    Does anyone knows if this alcohol is still in production and how i can purchase it. Tx!

  33. rus said

    hi.i am in oliphant. on the fishing islands of lake huron and enjoy the messages on your site great fun! can you please give me any help in locating the fellow from western canada that was able to bring some cases of dictador 20 to your part of the country…it was my rum of choice in miami while there and am finding it a bit of a sticky wicket to find it..happy trails rus

  34. Matt said

    Hey there. Could you do a review of the recently released “Crown Royal Black”?

    • Certainly, if I can convince Crown to send me a bottle…..

      My policy is that I review industry samples first, and samples of my own choosing second. The samples from industry seem to be arriving a a fairly steady interval. I have about ten samples in the pipeline and by the time they are done I will probably have more. So I doubt that I would buy a bottle to review out of my own pocket until I am caught up.

  35. Don Cory said

    My friend found some of the Single Barrel rum at the Liquor Depot at 11146 Ellersile Road SW at the corner of 111th Street. I look forward to a glass when he comes to Ontario at the beginning of July. Thank you once again for the help.

    Cheers

  36. Ray G. said

    Might I suggest you put a review date under the each review title? Also, any idea where I can find the Alberta Premium 25 years old rye that you recommended?

    • Hi Ray

      That is an excellent suggestion. My posts are all dated on the front page but the actual reviews are not. I shall begin to do so. (It will take a bit of research to update everything so please have patience.)

      I still see the Alberta Premium 25 year old here and there in Edmonton. But it is running out. My understanding is that it has disappeared from other provinces. The 25 Year Old was a Limited Edition Bottling, and I have no information about any plans to make any more. (We all fervently hope that they do.)

      As for the Website for Alberta Distillers, They appear not to have one. The Brand is Owned by BeamGlobal, but they do not appear to have much information about this whisky on their website. Hopefully someone from BeamGlobal sees this inquiry and offers some insight. (I have had correspondence from Beam on my website in the past so this is not too farfetched.)

  37. Dave Shanks said

    I have, over the past several years become increasingly interested in learning more about rums – especially dark rums. Until I stumbled onto your blog, I thought that I might be the only one not choosing to drink wine, beer, whiskey or scotch in Edmonton. I am so glad to learn I am wrong.

    I noticed there there is a group that get together to discuss (and drink) rums in Edmonton, and would love the opportunity to contact the group (The Rum Chums – 1st Edmonton Chapter). Could you pass on some contact information, so that I can find out if this may be a fit for me.

    Kindest Regards,
    Dave

    • Hi Dave,

      I will pass on your information, but I should let you know that the group may not be considering new members at this time. I also, being one of the most recent new members, am in no position to make recommendations. However, my blog is popular within the group so I would encourage you to continue to read and post comments. As others in the group learn of your passion for rum it may help your cause.

  38. Steve Richmond said

    Hi Chip,

    Sorry for the short notice but we’d love to have you as our guest at our Rum tasting tomorrow evening, Tues. March 23rd at 7.00 PM.

    Thanks

  39. Frank said

    Hello,
    From Red Deer AB.
    Enjoying your blog – love the rum and tequila reviews!
    Question:
    Where in Alberta could I purchase a quality rum like Zacapa Centenario XO 25year Solero? I searched in Red Deer with no success.

    • Hi Frank

      I will recommend two rums you should be able to find. The Zacapa 23 Year Old and the Diplomatico Exclusiva Reserva should be available in boutique shops in Red Deer. The 25 Year Old Zacapa unfortunately is not Available here yet.

  40. I am looking for information on Ron Matusalem 15 Rum. Not the new stuff but the old Cuban variety. I was gifted 2 bottles by my granfather and can’t find any info on value etc.

    Thanks

    Hollan

  41. G’day Chip,

    Just a note on Glenglassaugh. They are also releasing a limited amount of their older single malts that were purchased with the distillery. They have in the market a 21 year old (actually 24) 30 year old (actually 34) and 40 (actually 43)

    These older drams will be released in very limited amounts over the next decade while they work towards re-establishing Glenglassaugh as a premium distillery.

    Good to see you at the show

    Cheers

    Jonathan

    • Hi Jonathan,

      Thanks for the note. I actually sampled the what I believe was your 30 year old at the show (Stuart is very kind), and it was really really good. As I was not fully aware of the actual details of the older vintages so I did not discuss them in my article. I did notice however that Jim Murray spoke highly also of your 40 year old making it the Winner in the Multiple Cask 35 to 40 year category. (Although I thought this was a single cask bottle, maybe you can enlighten me.) Congratulations!

  42. J. Wheelock said

    Hey Chip,

    It was good to see you again at the whisky festival in Edmonton. Thanks for the reveiw of Highland Park 12 too – we agree…

    Is there anything coming up in Edmonton soon?

  43. Bryno said

    Hey hows it going? My name is Bryan and I have been creeping around this website for a while now. I find the rum reviews helpful, I really love rum and have been experimenting with it for just over a year now. It’s nice to get an idea of what to expect, especially when you’re spending up to and beyond 50$ a bottle. I have noticed that you live in Edmonton (where I currently reside as well), I was wondering if there is an organization or group that do tastings of rum or anything of the sort. I’m even just interested in finding people that can recommend and discuss different rum with me as few of my friends are as interested as I am. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks, Bryno!

  44. David Rosenberg said

    We were in Canada and loved Wiser 18 year old whiskey in square bootle 1500 ml
    We live in Virginia outside of DC and want to get the same bottle. Can you tell us how? Canada can’t ship and I am having a hard time locating the same size and shape

  45. Mike said

    Hello sir,

    Nice website you have here. I really enjoyed your Canadian whisky reviews. I notice that in a lot of your photos you have those mini casks sitting around. Did you purchase them from Whisky Works in Ontario, by chance? Also, what have you aged in them? If you could provide any details I would greatly appreciate it, as I’m considering picking up a 3 litre barrel to put a new oak finish on some Canadian whisky.

    • Hi Mike:

      The mini Casks you see are 1 litre Casks, I have picked up from various sources including Whisky Works. I have only used them once with a Canadian Whisky, The Canadian Club 100 proof. In that experiment I aced a previously well used barrel with home made Nanking Cherry brandy first, and then refinished the whisky for 6 weeks. It was awesome. Good Luck!!

  46. Mike said

    I HAVE A UNOPENED BOTTLE OF 1963 CANADIAN OFC WHISKY WITH CERTIFICATE OF AGE #A341462 IS IT WORTH ANYTHING?

    • Sorry Mike but I do not evaluate the values of any bottles of Spirits. However at Whisky.com I have seen many questions such as yours answered. Just wonder over and submit your question in the Forum Discussion section.

  47. Dear Sir:

    We are a small distillery in Colorado and would like you to review our products.
    Our website does not list all our products.
    We now make a number of rums, vodkas and whiskey.
    Thanks

    Mitch Abate – Distiller
    Downslope Distilling Inc.

  48. Bill said

    Who would have thought of Rum lovers stranded in Edmonton. Our group of Rum lovers is 14 strong. We currently have over 235 rums in stock and keep adding. It would be interesting to dialouge with you and share some of the great tastes.

  49. shinypackages said

    Are you based in Canada?

  50. Chip,
    your site is coming on well. It takes a lot of work to get them off the ground, but it is well worth the effort.
    I will add a link to your blog tomorrow when I get to work. See you in Miami hopefully.
    Cheers
    Bob

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