Distiller’s Edition Whisky
Hansen Distillery is proud to offer our very own line of Distiller’s Edition Whisky. Each edition is a limited series of single barrel whisky that has been handcrafted by the Head Distiller as he explores new and unique expressions of his whisky.
Cross Border Edition
Three groups of whiskey enthusiasts, PWS Imports, Boulder Spirits, and Hansen Distillery, connected over their shared passions which have come together for a unique cross-border collaboration. This whisky marries sherry-influenced bourbon with a traditional Alberta Rye. A year prior to bottling, a cask from Boulder spirits travelled north from Colorado, along the Rocky Mountains, before landing in Hansen’s home in Edmonton. The marriage of the sherry cask and Hansen’s Northern Eyes 100% rye whisky has created a distinctive and remarkably flavourful profile. We are proud of how this experiment turned out and are excited to share it with you.
Nose: Fruit-heavy rye, baking spices, apples baking in the oven, salted caramel, hints of stewed plums, and vanilla cream.
Palate: Balanced-influences all around. Sweet vanilla toffee, nutty-forward baking spices, a hint of sherry-typical dark fruits of raisins and dates. Vanilla ice cream melting on a fresh-from-the-oven rhubarb crisp.
Finish: Darker fruits, blackberries and dark cherries fade into light baking spices. Caramel sweetness lingers.
Dark Cloud Whisky
We started out as neighbours, became friends, and now, partners. The DarkCloud and Hansen Distillery have teamed up to bring you a one-of-a-kind Single Grain Whisky. This spirit has been 100% distilled at the home of Edmonton’s first whisky, and blended by The DarkCloud himself. This whisky is as unique and interesting as the people behind it. Expect to have your senses tantalized by multiple cask and grain types coming together in harmony. This spirit leaves you begging for another sip.
NOSE:Cinnamon dusted over fresh cut apples, squeezed mandarin orange peel, ripe blackberries and honey-drenched sultanas.
FINISH: The finish is long and balanced – rich spiced red fruit leather with a uniquely robust cinnamon dust that lingers.
PALATE: Honeyed cinnamon burst, MacIntosh toffee melted on black cherry ice cream. Some sherry shines into a fruit punch juice, nutty dark chocolate covered black cherries.
Hansen Distillery is honoured to present a one-of-a-kind, bourbon-influenced, Canadian whisky single handedly produced by our Master Distiller. The mash bill consists of 51% corn, and 49% rye, aged in a single infamous Tennessee whisky barrel for 56 months. The nose greets you with notes of delicate vanilla, salted butter, and ground pepper. The palate distributes slight tannins, renowned maple charcoal, and layers of rich caramel popcorn. The finish lingers of toasted corn nuts, pressed apples and iconic sour mash.
750mL | 61.8% ABV | 123.6 PROOF
Appearance: Light Caramel, Golden Honey
Nose: Buttery, salted caramel popcorn, finishing with the classic rye note of black pepper
Palate: Toasted corn with a hint of sour mash from the ex-bourbon barrel, moving into a finish of caramel, Granny Smith apple, and pepper. A well rounded tannin structure created during the matruation process supports a long, lingering finish.
French Oak X Port Cask
Bottles Available: 336
Price: $89 / 750 mL bottle (plus applicable taxes)
This first expression is a single barrel offering of 100% rye grain, carefully aged first in French Oak that once held red wine, and then transferred to a former port barrel to finish the aging process.
As you lay your eyes on this beautiful whisky, you will be met with a rich buttery caramel colour.
On the nose you experience notes of salted caramel, pepper, rich cherry and a hint of mint, which will envelope your senses. As the whisky splashes across your palate, you will taste the influence of the port barrel with a subtle buttery walnut note.
From there, you move towards the peppery spice that only rye can offer, and finish with a cherry note alongside slight tannins that has been provided by the French Oak.
This beautiful sherried whisky is made from a spirit laid down for 22 months in French Oak casks, followed by resting in sherry casks for 41 months. Ideal for the whisky connoisseur; Hansen Distillery is proud to release the second expression in our Distiller’s Edition Whisky lineup. The palate is welcomed with rich cherry, black currant, light vanilla, and notes of subtle pepper. Benefitting from being bottled at cask strength, this whisky has lots of character from the sherry casks, pairing well with a soft or sharp cheese.
Appearance: Dark brown sugar, rich caramel.
Notes: Balanced walnuts followed by an aroma of golden raisin and butter tart.
Palate: Well-structured tannin notes from start to finish, with balanced walnut notes, touches of cherry and cassis, moving into light vanilla and pepper notes for a complex finish.