Canadian By Nino Kilgore-Marchetti / March 4, 2020 3 Badge Beverage Corporation is a spirits company out of California that was known a number of years ago for having ownership of the Bib & Tucker Bourbon and Masterson’s Rye whiskey brands. It sold these to Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits in 2017, and was out of the whiskey category for a few years. It has returned now, however, introducing Benjamin Chapman, a premium small-batch whisky distilled in Canada. The new Benjamin Chapman, according to those behind it, is a blend of 51 percent, 10-year Canadian rye and 49 percent, 7-year Canadian prairie wheat. The rye is “distilled by artisans in an old-fashioned pot still using pure glacial water sourced from the northern Rockies” and aged in white oak casks for just over 10 years. The Canadian prairie wheat, meanwhile, is distilled in continuous triple column stills and aged for a minimum of seven years in American oak whiskey barrels. This whisky is said to have been inspired by “an enigmatic figure from the 1960s international jet set era. Elusive as he was respected among the international cognoscenti, Benjamin Chapman became legendary for his refined tastes and preference for the finer things.” Benjamin Chapman Whisky (image via 3 Badge Beverage Corporation) “We have been painstaking in our mission to offer an authentic, versatile whisky that is exceptional in quality with an intangible element of intrigue,” said August Sebastiani, president of 3 Badge Beverage Corporation, in a prepared statement. “Like the mysterious man for whom it’s named, it’s smooth, in every way.” As it stands now plans call for Benjamin Chapman, bottled at 45% ABV, to price at $39 per 750 ml bottle. It is being released across the United States, Canada and Europe, and is noted for being “ideal as a craft cocktail base or for sipping on the rocks.” You’ll find official tasting notes below. Aroma: Brilliant, iridescent amber color with bright yellow hues when the light catches the whiskey just right. Cinnamon and vanilla spice dominate the nose with subtle layers of caramel apple, dark chocolate and maple syrup. Taste: An invitingly smooth sipper, there is a hint of spice promised from the rye, balanced with silky flavors of white chocolate and crème brûlée from the wheat. Finish: An explosion of spice leads to a pleasing and smooth finish with lingering flavors of toasted oak.