J.P. Wiser’s, a Canadian whisky brand owned by Corby Spirit and Wine, has been building in recent times a line up of whisky themed to one of Canada’s favorite sports, hockey. The installment of said Alumni Whisky Series has just been announced, and this time the focus is upon team captains.
The new Alumni Whisky Series: The Captains Line, according to those behind it, honors “some of the game’s greatest who wore the captain’s badge: Mark Messier, Yvan Cournoyer and Dave Keon.” Each whisky is described as follows:
- Mark Messier: Arguably one of the game’s best captains, Mark led his teams with a combination of skill and strength. This bold & tenacious 3-grain whisky is skillfully blended to deliver on Messier’s strength at 47% ABV. Aged 11 years in Speyside Malt barrels, this whisky celebrates #11’s impact on the game.
- Yvan Cournoyer: Aged 12 years to honour Yvan’s playing number, this whisky was inspired by Cournoyer’s game-winning pass to Paul Henderson in the Canada 1972 Summit Series. Much like Cournoyer’s smooth hands led to the gritty game-winning goal, this complex liquid is a smooth 3-grain blend with gritty rye flavours.
- Dave Keon: With a 45% ABV to celebrate the 45-points Dave scored in his 1st season, this well-balanced whisky compliments his offensive and defensive abilities on the ice. To truly pay homage to this hockey legend, this whisky is aged 14 years for Dave’s playing number and uses 4 different barrels to commemorate his 4 Cup wins.
We are proud to partner with the NHLAA (NHL Alumni Association),” said Vanessa Clarke, Senior Brand Manager, Corby Spirit and Wine Limited, in a prepared statement,” and with proceeds from this collaboration, knowing that we have a role in supporting their ambition of helping retired players, the hockey community, and celebrating a sport loved by so many Canadians.
“With an extensive pool of retired players to work with and a talented whisky team able to deliver great liquids, the sky truly is the limit.”
As it stands now plans call for these whiskies to be available in select stores across Canada. There was no word on release plans for the United States, if at all.
Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the founder and editor-in-chief 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...