Price Point: $10 – $20 for 750 ML
Call me a glutton for punishment, because this is my second review in a row on the bottom shelf of Canadian whiskies. Last time, we checked out Canadian Club, the iconic brand that, at one point or another, could be found on most of our shelves. This week, we’re checking out Seagram’s V.O., another popular mainstay among the Jim Beam and Jameson bottles commonly found in many rotations.
If Canadian Club didn’t have much to it, V.O. really doesn’t have much to it. It’s tough to get alcohol burning on your nostrils at 40%, but here we are. Curious if the caramel color is food coloring (a Google search tells me this is correct), as this whisky noses like it’s been cut with water fresh off the still.
On the palate, I actually get medicinal grape flavor out of this one. V.O. doesn’t have much wood to offer – just grain and alcohol. The taste is slightly smoother than the nose, if that is redeeming in any way. This whisky is simple, sweet, and oh so grainy.
The finish is pretty unremarkable; almost finishes like a vodka. Yikes…
Rating & Recommendations
Seagram’s V.O. earns (and I mean earns) a rating of 64 out of 100.
This is a bottom of the barrel (pardon the pun) Canadian whisky, that’s really not even worth the bottom dollar you might pay. There are better low-price whiskies out there.