One of the new whiskies in the 2012 Canadian Whisky Awards was Pike Creek from Corby’s (Pernod Ricard), distilled at the Hiram Walker Distillery in Windsor, Ontario under the supervision of Corby’s Master Blender Dr. Don Livermore. As Davin de Kergommeaux says on his Canadian Whisky blog, Pike Creek resurrects one of the brands from Corby’s Canadian Whisky Guild series originally introduced in the 1990’s. Now, Pernod Ricard USA plans to import Pike Creek into 10 U.S. states beginning in April.
Pike Creek is distilled in small copper column stills, then matured for 10 years in ex-Bourbon Casks before a short finishing period in Port Wine casks. The whisky won a Bronze medal in the Canadian Whisky Awards (disclosure: Mark Gillespie was one of the judges in the competition’s blind tasting). It’s bottled at 40% ABV, and look for Mark’s tasting notes soon on the WhiskyCast web site.
Links: Pike Creek