Whisky enthusiasts are invited to take a sip from the past with the arrival of Gooderham & Worts Four Grain Whisky, part of the Corby Northern Border Collection, in April 2019, thanks to U.S. importer, Hotaling & Co. Produced by legendary Master Blender, Dr. Don Livermore, Gooderham & Worts Four Grain Whisky pays homage to the original Toronto Gooderham & Worts distillery founded in 1832 by two successful grain merchants, James Worts and William Gooderham.
One of the oldest whisky names in Canada, Gooderham & Worts started out as a grain milling company but expanded into whisky distillation in 1832. At that time, the typical grains harvested in Canada were corn, rye, barley, wheat, and oats. Gooderham & Worts developed distilling practices, such as double distilling through two columns, that are still used today to produce smooth Canadian whisky. By the year 1900, Gooderham & Worts was the largest distillery in the world. Today, Gooderham & Worts Four Grain Whisky is produced at Hiram Walker and Sons distillery in Windsor, Ontario.
“Gooderham & Worts Four Grain Whisky blends four diverse grains – corn, wheat, barley and rye – all distilled and aged separately before blending,” explains Livermore, who has a MSc and PhD in Brewing and Distilling from Heriot-Watt University, with a focus on wood aging whisky. “In order to highlight the characteristics of each grain and emphasize the woodier component of the blend, we bottle Gooderham & Worts at a higher strength of 44.4% ABV.”
GOODERHAM & WORTS FOUR GRAIN WHISKY
44.4% ABV; 750ml; $44.95 SRP
Valued for its bold and balanced layers of flavor, Gooderham & Worts is a premium blend of pot distilled and column distilled rye, wheat, barley and corn. The flavors are both light and heavy – modern, rich and complex. The result is a full, round and smooth spirit with notes of red apples. Followed by fresh bread, barley malts and an oak warm finish with a touch of spice.
· 94 pts – Whisky Bible 2018
· Connoisseur Whisky of the Year, Domestic – Canadian Whisky Awards 2017
· Best Canadian Blended Whisky – World Whiskies Awards 2017
· Gold – San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2017
“Canada is one of the most historically significant, dynamic and diverse whisky producing regions in the world. Corby’s Northern Border Collection showcases the premium quality of Canadian whiskies,” says Gregory Fitch, chief sales officer at Hotaling & Co. “Alongside Lot 40 100% rye and Pike Creek 10 year, Gooderham & Worts four grain is another example of why whiskey enthusiasts are paying attention to Canadian producers, and we’re excited to bring them to the U.S. market.”
Through a new representation agreement with Corby Spirit and Wine Limited, a leading Canadian marketer and distributor of spirits and wines, Hotaling & Co. has assumed all U.S. brand management and distribution for Corby’s Northern Border Collection, which consists of the following premium Canadian whisky products: Pike Creek and Lot No. 40 (both currently available in the U.S.), as well as Gooderham & Worts.