Bison Ridge is a blended Canadian whisky styled after the 1930’s blends (i.e. Prohibition era styles). Their Special Reserve is aged for eight years in oak, whereas their entry-level Bison Ridge is aged for three years.
Bison Ridge Special Reserve (80 proof)
Visual: Light brown.
Nose: Faint vanilla toast, light oak char and slight malt.
Taste: Surprisingly quite thin and mostly one-dimensional with young wood being the dominating feature. If I had to hazard a guess, this seems to have been cut with a column still neutral spirit rather than a pure malt.
Finish: Medium with not much flavor left after a minute. It just kind of fades into nothingness.
Overall: Alright for whiskey and soda, I suppose, but really not much to speak of, especially for an eight year old whiskey. Well, I guess I can’t complain since it retails for less than $20 a bottle.
GSN Rating: C+
For more information go to: Prestige Beverage Group