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Rare Perfection 15 Year Old Canadian Whiskey (750ml) SKU #1458556

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The Rare Perfection whiskies are just that — exceedingly rare and just about as perfect as whisky gets. The careful selection for this brand is unmatched in the industry. Nationality doesn't apply — if it's a true rarity and the whiskey is great, it can be bottled. You know the palates making these choices are good, since it's brought to you by the folks at Preservation Distillery in Bardstown — the same people responsible for bottlings Very Olde St. Nick and Wattie Boone. This current release of Rare Perfection is a story of relationships and serendipity. The barrels for Rare Perfection 14 and 15 were found in the back of a unique warehouse when the new owners took stock of their purchase. Due to mutual friends in the business, the principals of Rare Perfection received a call about these sublime casks. After sampling them without any information they were blown away and asked for specifics. Turns out these ancient casks were made of new charred oak and filled with a Waterloo, Canada distilled four grain bourbon mashbill. They then aged in the single level warehouse which maintained extremely cold temperature year round. Because of this a-typical bourbon aging environment the interaction with the wood was dramatically slowed and the final result after 14 and 15 years is indeed, Rare Perfection.

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Staff Reviews

  • Jackson Lee
    By: Jackson Lee
    K&L Staff Member
    Bottled at a higher proof, this Rare Perfection had more texture and chewiness than its younger sibling and more muted fruit tones. This is a big bad dram of darker, toasty, creamy notes. On the nose I got banana chips, dark brown sugar, dark baking chocolate and dried black plum. The palate had a nice sweet, creaminess to it that reminded me of crème brulee, along with pecan pie, and toasted coconut. The finish was long with some spice and a fun tingly sensation.
  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    K&L Staff Member
    I tried this with and without water and I believe that with a touch of water it is best. It is soft and silky with nuanced and tasty caramel sweet flavors .The water opens it up and helps different complex layers come forward. There is a pretty long finish and this is a spirit to set back and think about.
  • Andrew Whiteley
    By: Andrew Whiteley
    K&L Staff Member
    There simply aren't enough superlatives to adequately describe this whisky. The uniqueness of the four grain bourbon mashbill, the extended aging in new charred oak, the cold warehouses, the unfiltered and cask strength bottling, all contribute to a sublime drinking experience from start to finish. It begins when you pop open the bottle - you immediately are greeted with an intense caramel and vanilla before you even pour the whisky into your glass. With a pour and a swirl without even bringing the glass to your nose you're assailed by complex cedar and oak notes, sweet spices, more Madagascar vanilla, Cassia, and a sensation that every corner of your nasal cavity has been fulfilled. Nosing the glass more carefully reveals a pantheon of fruits ranging from crisp apples to decadent candied citrus and exotic tropicals all bathed in fresh sweet cream. It reminds me a bit of decades old single grain from Scotland, but with much more intensity. While it wouldn't be hard to spend hours nosing this, the palate is where things really start to get interesting. Cracked peppercorn melds with toffee, chocolate, caramel, and vanilla fudge. Incredulity forces a glance at the 119.7 proof on the label - it can't possibly be that high - but there it is. The whisky carries all of the power of 60%ABV with the grace and subtlety of a master blender's heavily proofed back nosing glass. The wild fruits abound and the fine wood tannins roll gently around providing structure and verve. The finish is long and lingering, a reprise of the epic dram that seems to have effortless evaporated from your glass.
  • Neal Fischer
    By: Neal Fischer
    K&L Staff Member
    This is our second bottle of Rare Perfection and the people from Very Old St Nick tell us that it's coming from the same unnamed Canadian distillery with the same bourbon mash bill, but they're not giving us much more info than that. It is, however, notably different in that it's cask strength. Coming in at 119.7 proof, it should appeal to our customers who are always looking for those whiskeys straight from the cask and ready to light their fire. This bottling has a lot of similarities in profile to the 14 year old bottling, but with a couple fun deviations. Still dominant is a luscious dessert character with candied pecans taking the fore. This cask strength version also has aromas of Bananas Foster, dark caramel, some red fruit notes, and more spice. The spice really comes through on the palate. This undoubtedly has something to do with the higher ABV, but the spice isn't just hitting you as alcohol burn. There are peppery elements and clove that really coat the mouth and add a delightful tingle. The dessert elements continue through the palate as well, but the finish is a pleasant warm fuzz of spice medley and nuttiness. Impressive.
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    K&L Staff Member
    The 14 and 15 year old Rare Perfection bottlings are two of the best and most unique whiskeys I have ever had the pleasure of tasting. The extra long aging in the cool Canadian environment have resulted in a spirit unlike any I have tasted before. These taste slightly more wheat-based given the tropical notes, toasted coconut, and vanilla custard sense on the palate. The palate on the 15 year old is slightly more viscous than the 14 year old, and the higher proof obviously adds a bit more of a punch. The flavors seem amplified in this bottling versus the delicate profile of the 14 year. Baked sweet grains with burnt caramel and lemon round out the palate and create a spirit that is unbelievably delicious. This is truly a rare find.


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