As the 99th season of play for the NHL gets ready to start Wayne Gretzky and Andrew Peller Limited have announced the launch of Wayne Gretzky No. 99 ‘Red Cask’ Canadian Whisky.
The whiskey mash bill begins with rye, malted rye and corn locally sourced from the Niagara, Ontario area. It’s then distilled, matured, blended and finished with red wine casks from the Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery. The Great One has owned a winery in Canada for more than 10 years.
“I have always enjoyed a good whisky and was thrilled to work with Master Distiller Joshua Beach to create a new fabulous Canadian whisky,” said Wayne Gretzky. “What’s truly exciting is we are using oak wine barrels from our red wines to finish the whisky for a really smooth and refined taste.”
According to Master Distiller Beach, this process polishes the whisky, adding rich oak, vanilla and spice, and balancing all of the elements to produce a refined and smooth, very drinkable whisky.
“What makes us stand out is that each of these barrels has a story and they all bring together this unique and consistent taste profile with aromas of caramel, toasted oak and a hint of allspice for a truly elegant and rich taste,” said Beach.
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Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery & Distillery to Open Early 2017
Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery broke ground on a brand new winery and distillery located in the heart of Niagara-on-the-Lake started construction in the fall of 2015 and is expected to open to the public in the spring of 2017. The 23,000 square foot facility is the first of its kind in the region, featuring both wine and distilling production. The new facility will integrate itself into a rural Ontario context but with a contemporary vision and interpretation. Nestled among nearby vineyards, the craft distillery will be home to state of the art distilling equipment, while the winery will feature a beautiful barrel fermenting and aging cellar, retail and hospitality spaces and a tasting room.
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Wayne Gretzky No. 99 ‘Red Cask’ Canadian Whisky