Monday, December 18, 2017


Diageo has announced the launch of the first Canadian whisky expression, from its Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Company portfolio.

Entrapment Canadian Whisky 25 Year Old (41% ABV) was produced using a mashbill of 97% corn and 3% malted barley.
Entrapment Canadian Whisky 25 Year Old

Occasionally, when using full blends of Crown Royal Whisky, there are small quantities of barrels left unused that don't fit into the full blend. These whiskies are returned to the barrel and tucked away in the cool rickhouses of Canada.

In 1992, part of a batch of Crown Royal Fine De Luxe blend was left behind and has been aging in barrels in the Crown Royal distillery in Gimli, Manitoba. After 25 years, this batch was rediscovered and sent to Tullahoma, Tennessee, to be bottled as the latest Orphan Barrel series release; Entrapment Canadian Whisky 25 Year Old.

The Orphan Barrel Project started in 2014, with the goal of locating nearly forgotten barrels of whiskey from around the world and sharing them with discerning drinkers. Up until this first Canadian release, the series has so far consisted of 10 American whiskeys: Barterhouse Kentucky Bourbon 20 Year Old, Old Blowhard Kentucky Bourbon 26 Year Old, Rhetoric Kentucky Bourbon 20 Year Old, 21 Year Old, 22 Year Old and 23 Year Old, Lost Prophet Kentucky Bourbon 22 Year Old, Forged Oak Kentucky Bourbon 15 Year Old, The Gifted Horse American Whiskey 4 Year Old and Whoop & Holler 28 Year Old.

Commenting on the launch, Sophie Kelly, Sr. Vice President of North American Whiskeys at Diageo, said: "Overall, the combination of rareness, distinctiveness and blend of whiskies that makes up Entrapment offers Canadian whisky lovers a remarkable tasting experience. Part of Canadian whisky's success is based on distillers' willingness to experiment with mash bills and barrels, producing complex results and bringing out unique flavours. Innovation is flourishing, giving the category the attention it deserves."

Entrapment Canadian Whisky 25 Year Old, will be available later this month from specially selected, specialist retailers in the US, for a RRP of $149.99.

Posted by Steve Rush