Scotch Malt Whisky: Liquormen’s Review

Liquormen’s Ol’ Dirty Canadian Whisky was distilled and aged for three years in charred white oak casks and is the official spirit of the Trailer Park Boys. It was spawned by association with the fictional Canadian TV series the “Trailer Park Boys”, which has been called a “mockumentary”.

The show is comedic in nature albeit a little rough around the edges. The Trailer Park Boys headlines a group of main characters including a trio of “misfits” who live in a fictional trailer park and constantly get into trouble, alcohol being a large part of their adventures. Jail is often on their resumes. The language needless to say is quite colorful. The show has gathered quite a following in Canada and 11 seasons have aired on TV including 3 movies and it has been around in one form or another since 2001. Three caricature drawings of Julian, Bubbles and Ricky (the main characters) appear on the whisky label of the Liquormen’s Ol’ Dirty Canadian Whisky

The background story behind the name of the whisky provided on the bottle label is as follows: “If you were riding stagecoach through the Old West in the late 1800’s, there was a feared group of bandits that you did not want to meet. Ruthless in their robbing and scheming, these bandits weren’t after your gold or your jewels. They were only interested in acquiring one thing-your liquor. Word spread quickly about ‘The Liquormen.’ This is their legend and this is their story.”

There has been very limited detailed feedback thus far about this whisky except that the product is “no joke” and compares favorably to some other Canadian whiskies so I was eager to give it a try and see for myself how it exactly fits into the Canadian whisky scene.

As indicated on the label, bottled for Darmouth Spirits Inc., Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. This whisky has an enticing price point at $29.95 Canadian. It is now available in the following Canadian provinces: Alberta, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan and just recently in Ontario through the LCBO.

Murray Cohen’s Tasting Notes:

Colour:  Amber.

Nose:  A notable peanut butter-light maple syrup fusion with a pleasant rush of gin lime rickey associated with the rye influence comes to the fore. There is a gradual build-up of citrus hues, especially lemon grass. A delightful freshness on the nose impresses.

Taste: Medium to full- bodied. This is creamy, mouth-filling and then quite syrupy. The initial burst of sweetness with caramel highlights is followed by spices boiling up, giving some pizzazz to the whisky.

Finish: Long, the spice is joined by heavy oak tones and rye accents that continue to surface. Late old-fashioned porridge is welcomed with sprinkles of brown sugar. It brings me back to memories of grandma’s kitchen.

Comment: This Canadian offering is quite appealing. It is mellow on the nose with some complexity on the palate and magnetizing breakfast fare elements on the finish. Here we have a decent easy drinking Canadian whisky at the right price. I would suggest this one could sail further and reach higher with a greater ABV. Give this one a try if you happen to cross the pond and can track it down.

Score 82.5/100

Liquormen’s Ol’ Dirty Canadian Whisky is exclusive to the Canadian market but you will find a selection of Canadian whisky available from specialist online whisky retailers such as Master of Malt

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