By Father John Rayls
“There is no bad whiskey. There are only some whiskeys that aren’t as good as others.”
“My own experience has been that the tools I need for my trade are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whisky.”
These are famous whiskey quotes coming from well-known wordsmiths, and most of us can relate to them. If you are reading this, whiskey likely plays a big part in your life, and good whiskey in particular. But the question is: what is good whiskey?
Of course, we all have our favorites. Low cost and availability are two of a handful of my priorities, and as a result I’m always scrounging the bottom shelf for “hidden gem” whiskeys. It’s risky, but sometimes the rewards are great (this is how I found Old Grand Dad 114).
Select Club 91 Special Reserve Canadian Whisky is one of those bottom-shelf dwelling whiskies I decided to take a chance on. I’ve had many finds in that category I recommend to friends, but Select Club 91, in all probability, will not be one of them.
Very little information is available other than MexCor International apparently is the bottler at 91 proof and it’s Canadian. The source remains a mystery.
The whisky’s coloring is of light gold, while the highlights reflecting around the glass almost appear as white. The legs are easily observed and are prolific, but are thin and run quickly. The nose is medium with oak, leather and light wood grain alcohol.
The initial mouthfeel was fairly light with a short and sweet caramel presence. A minty presence appeared underneath the sweetness. These flavors disappeared quickly and the experience immediately transitions into a medium to long finish, one that was actually the best part of the tasting, as it had an assertive presence which was surprisingly spicy. It began with cinnamon, vanilla and caramel, but then begins alternating between cinnamon and pepper. Most of the action took place mid-mouth to the tip of the tongue.
I found this bottle in South Texas for under $26.00.