Odds and Sods Credit: Ray Lee
Odds and Sods
Credit: Ray Lee

An Odd whisky joint, but we like it just fine

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Why doesn’t our neighborhood have its own distillery? Last week we stopped by Odd Society Spirits, a small-batch outfit on the ever-gentrifying east side of Vancouver. Out front of the stills is a retro-chic tasting room that gets its nod to the district’s industrial past just right.

Besides gin, vodka and other spirits, Odd Society recently dropped two new whiskies, both made with 100% British Columbia grain: Commodore Canadian Single Malt Whisky and Prospector Canadian Rye Whisky. There’s also a 2019 single malt cask program.

Up next: The Lumberjack?

At In Search of Elegance, Jason Hambrey gives both whiskies a thumbs up. “A rich, spicy, woody nose—cedar, oak, balsam—but loaded with baking spices, black tea, mixed grain porridge, brown sugar and more,” Hambrey observes of the 46% ABV Prospector rye (C$64), bottled last year after aging in charred American white oak. “The palate is rather pleasant, with loads more wood notes, tea notes, spice and dried fruit—with a very agreeable level of tannin. The finish is spicy and dense.” What he said.

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