J.P. Wiser's HOPPED Whisky
Last week JP Wisers whisky reached out to us and asked if we would like to test drive their exclusive new release for the fall season, the JP Wiser's Hopped Whisky.
Yes you read that write, hops, in whisky. We were skeptical at first too so we agreed to try it out. A few of us got together of the weekend and poured a few glasses and must say we were pretty impressed, enough so, we wanted to feature it this week for #whiskywednesday.
J.P. Wisers Hopped is a distinctive blend of J.P. Wiser’s whisky and hops for a rich, dark ale finish. After aging, the J.P. Wiser’s whisky is blended with natural bravo hops using an IPA craft beer method called dry hopping. This delivers the fresh hops aroma and flavour. The hops are added after the beer has cooled. By adding hops late in the process it eliminates almost all of the bitterness while bolstering Wiser’s characteristic floral sweetness and herbal notes.
This is not the first whisky ever made with hops. From time to time, early distillers in Canada and the US would use hops to improve sanitation in their fermenters. Hops have natural antiseptic qualities. It’s the flavour though, that today’s distillers are after. Over the past few years several small US distillers have added hops to their processes to bring new flavours to their whiskies and achieved critical acclaim and commercial success
#WisersHopped has fragrant aromas of burlap, sweet fall flowers and dry brown hay lead into burnt caramel, searing spices and ripe orchard fruits. It boasts a long juicy finish with a slight bitterness, hints of IPA hops and citrus pith. The liquid is a rich amber colour and is bolstered by rich roasted coffee and chocolate barley malt.
Everyone may have their own opinions about this one as that is what makes trying different whiskies exciting. We recommend #WisersHopped as an after-dinner sipping whisky over the holidays, a mixing whisky for highballs fire side, and it brings extra depth to manhattan like cocktails of any variety. Try it for yourself and let us know what you think!
Please enjoy responsibly.