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Gooderham & Worts Four Grain Whisky Comes Across Canadian Border To US

Gooderham & Worts is said to be one of the oldest whisky names in Canada, starting out as a grain milling company that expanded into whisky distillation in 1832. By 1900 it was noted as being the largest distillery in the world, though today the brand is produced at Hiram Walker and Sons distillery in Windsor, Ontario. It is from here that U.S. importer, Hotaling & Co., is bringing to the US a four grain expression.

Gooderham & Worts Four Grain Whisky, according to those behind it, pays homage to the original Toronto Gooderham & Worts distillery. It is described as being a “premium blend of pot distilled and column distilled rye, wheat, barley and corn” that looks to be non-age statement in nature.

Gooderham & Worts Four Grain Whisky
Gooderham & Worts Four Grain Whisky (image via Hotaling & Co.)

“Gooderham & Worts Four Grain Whisky blends four diverse grains – corn, wheat, barley and rye – all distilled and aged separately before blending,” said master blender Don Livermore in a prepared statement. “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.”

This whisky, which is part of the Corby Northern Border Collection in Canada, prices around $45 per 750 ml bottle. Limited official tasting notes suggest that “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.”

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the founder of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and provided tasting input on many whiskeys at competitions. He also maintains a large private collection of whiskey from which he continually educates his palate on this brown spirit type.

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