Jun 25

Seagram’s V.O. Canadian Whisky

Seagram's V.O. Canadian WhiskySeagram’s V.O. Blended Canadian Whisky

80 Proof

Price Point: $10 – $20 for 750 ML

Distiller: Unknown

Background

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.

Review

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.

 

-Ryan

1 comment

    • Charles Shaulis on June 25, 2016 at 9:59 pm
    • Reply

    Good evening, Ryan.

    I don’t recall VO being THAT bad. But that was over 45 years ago, when I had the palate (and the money in my wallet) of a 21 year old US Navy sailor, and all whiskey was mixed with coke or ginger ale. If you’d have told me that I’d be spending in excess of $60.00 for a fifth of scotch today, when I couldn’t stand the taste or smell of the stuff back then, I’d have called you a liar. Anyway, it’s a good thing that the Canadians are better brewers than distillers. So, what’s next? Canadian Mist? Crown Royal Maple Finished? If you were a REAL Canadian whiskey reviewer, you’d be the better man & take a fresh look at Black Velvet . Just saying….

    Enjoying your reviews as always,

    Chuck

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