Pike Creek 10 Year Old – Top Canadian Whiskey
Pike Creek 10 Year Old is a top notch Canadian whisky which gets treated to a finishing period in rum barrels before bottling (previously Pike Creek was finished in Port casks, though the producer changed it to rum barrels at some point in the 2010s). Excellent stuff, and great value-for-money, too.
Pike Creek comprises two traditional components of Canadian whisky. The first spirit is double column distilled from corn, creating a buttery mouth-feel; the second is once column distilled from rye, producing spicy and nutty notes.
During maturation, casks are subject to the extreme temperature swings of southern Canada. This forces the spirit in and out of the wooden staves, giving Pike Creek its rich, complex flavour.
Stunning to sip on its own, but also extremely versatile in cocktails, Pike Creek 10 Year Old is soft and smooth with notes of dried orange peel, green apple, brown sugar and Christmas cake, boasting an approachable rye spice and mature oak flavour.