Still Water Distilleries is a Canadian micro-distillery, based in Ontario, that specializes in small, handmade batches. Their whiskeys are 100% Canadian, made from Canadian grains, many of which were grown within 100km of the distillery. Still Water produces a range of products, including a rye whiskey, a single malt whiskey, and even a single malt vodka.
Stalk and Barrel 1+11 Special Blend Canadian Whiskey is their entry level whiskey. It’s blended using a selection of other Canadian whiskeys and up to 10% of their own, young whiskey. It won’t break the bank at CDN $39.95 and, despite the lower price range, it certainly doesn’t come across as cheap. This is a satisfying, light weight whiskey, one that will likely sneak out from my liquor cabinet on a regular basis.
The dram is very pale yellow, almost disarmingly so, and has an interesting nose that reminds me of chocolate cake, with lemon spritzed into the icing. The palate starts out a bit nutty, progresses with hints of caramel and fruit, and has a light, spicy finish. While I eventually enjoyed the peppery notes, I found them a bit off-putting at first, given the whiskey's overall sweetness; I've never been the kind of guy that enjoyed red pepper in my hot cocoa.
Stalk & Barrel 1+11 is a great everyday whiskey that can be enjoyed on any occasion.
Final Grade = 7.5 of 10