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Olé, Olé, Olé!

Bearface - Oaxaca Blend

87.13 / 100

Fresh & Floral Flavours

Visual: 4.25 /5  •  Aroma: 21.81 /25  •  Taste: 30.60 /40   •  Finish: 26.00 /30

Dram Code: E62a

Producer: Canadian Mist (Allegedly)

Bottler: Bearface

Type: Canadian Style Whisky

Cask: Unknown

Age: Not Stated

Country: Canada

Region: Other

Chill Filtered: Unknown

Added Colour: Unknown

ABV: 42.5%

Cask Strength: No

Release: Standard

Price: $54.91 (at time of review)

Dram Code: E62a

Producer: Canadian Mist (Allegedly)

Bottler: Bearface

Type: Canadian Style Whisky

Cask Type: Unknown

Age: Not Stated

Country: Canada

Region: Other

ABV: 42.5%

Cask Strength: No

Chill Filtered: Unknown

Added Colour: Unknown

Release: Standard

Price: $54.91 (at time of review)

About This Canadian Style Whisky

About This Dram

Bearface catapulted itself onto the whisky scene last year with such force that it won the best newcomer award and a gold medal at the Canadian Whisky Awards. Their debut whisky is a feat of engineering, using three types of casks – Hungarian, French, and American. It was also marketed to perfection. As a fan of good design, I was immediately drawn to the custom scratch mark bottle and clean modern label

After their incredible debut, it’s time to see what these alchemists come up with next. The answer is absolutely mad, and I’m 100% in. I think that they can explain it much better than ever could, so take it away Bearface!

Tasting Notes

Powdered sugar, oranges, and cherry blossom greeted us at the nose. On second sniff we discovered allspice, black pepper, and cinnamon with a hint of chilli pepper.

On the palate, this whisky is frankly like no whisky I’ve ever had before. It’s… weird. Really weird. And you know what? I love it. It’s almost more like a well-crafted cocktail than a whisky. It actually reminds me somewhat of the “Gateway” cocktail from the Union Club of BC, a creation of my former colleague Pat Dunlop. The early flavours are oaky and rye forward, and then as that flavour fades it’s replaced with a new set of flavours that you would expect from a mezcal. Rich earthy notes of sweet and smokey black pepper. Olé!

By Adam Bradshaw on October 04, 2019

Score & flavour profile voted on by members who sampled the whisky

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fresh & floral
eg – blossoms, cut grass, apples, pears

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eg – peach, vanilla, coconut, nutmeg

malty & dry
eg – breakfast cereal, nuts, cookies

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smoky & earthy
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