The Black Velvet Whisky has one of the most exotic feelings and long-lasting taste at first drink.
It comes with a dark ripe fruit scent with amber color and a sweet taste similar to butterscotch. You can feel a smooth and subtle taste with a mix of tropical coconut, caramel, and warm vanilla notes also at first drink.
You may also notice the presence of rubber, but it will quickly turn into fruit notes like peaches, fruit juice, prune juice, cherry, and dark dried fruits.
Black Velvet is a Whisky Brand located in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec, Canada.
It has a long history of making whiskey available to Canadian submarine officers during WWII.
It gained huge popularity, and lately, it is the second best-seller whiskey producer in Canada.
After the first product, the brand was previously called Black Label. The name was later changed to Black Velvet in the late 1940s by Jack Napier.
Jack Napier, the company’s master distiller, was the key figure in the brand’s success by his perfection of the blend and distillations.
Black Velvet comes with an exceptionally smooth taste and a lot of market expression.
Black Velvet Review Collection
There are three bottles in the Black Velvet collection; Original Black Velvet Whisky, Black Velvet Reserve, and Black Velvet Toasted Caramel. All three are smooth whiskey with unique ingredients.
Collections are affordable with a sweet taste along with some fruitiness and a good hit of vanilla flavor.
Original Black Velvet Whiskey
The Original Black Velvet Whiskey has a unique sweet scent, smooth taste, and attractive amber color. This whiskey has been aged for 3 years with an alc./vol of at least 40% and a bottle size of 1 liter.
There is an element of a dark ripe fruit scent when you smell it. Soon it turns into hard candy, cotton candy, and marshmallows. We can also guess it contains rye and dry cereal grain, some floral notes, and dustiness.
The Original Black Velvet Whiskey offers both oily and creamy sensations with a lush mouth feeling. We could taste vanilla, caramel, and coconut at first drink.
Black Velvet Reserve
The Black Velvet Reserve aged for at least 8 years to deliver warm flavors like wood, nuts, and chocolate. There is an element of subtle notes and aromas which is dry and pleasing. On tasting, you will feel the effect of wood, malt, and some roasted nuts.
The black Velvet Reserve is a mixing whiskey with unique ingredients that keep you feeling alive.
It also comes with corn base spirit alongside corn flavoring whiskies, partly matured rye, and rye high wines with a pinch of corn. It does not have a heavy smell, and it includes more whiskies flavoring, which offers a creamy, premium, and deep mouth feeling. The smell is unique as you will notice the richness in the smell. The richness seems to be a mixture of prunes, kiwi, peaches, sweet rye spices, and sweet citrus.
On the nose, the Black Velvet Reserve also smells oily and has a moderate spirit hint despite its hard rye dusty smell. Its heavy sweet notes include burnt sugar, butterscotch, caramel, and toffee, and the oaky notes are nicely integrated and made to settle in well.
Black Velvet Toasted Caramel
The Black Velvet Toasted Caramel has plenty of intensity that warms your reflexes. A feel of this beauty will remind you of warm caramel, buttery, toasted oak, and toffee. The taste of this beautiful whiskey is a mixture of caramel, English toffee, and woody flavors. But the best taste description is unique toffee sweetness, a nice blend of maple syrup, a dash of citrus, and a rousing warm pepper taste.
At first drink, it offers a creamy and smooth texture. It also delivers a whiskey-like aftertaste with a bit of charm and heat. The previously-masked peppery rye spices will be apparent felt when it moves down your throat.
The Black Velvet Toasted Caramel will be enjoyed when it is paired with some snacks.
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Black Velvet Awards
The Black Velvet has been winning a lot of prestigious awards since the early 2000s. Here is just a list of awards the Black Velvet has won recently;
- 2019 Canadian Whisky award “Flavoured Whisky Export” – Black Velvet Toasted Caramel.
- 2019 Canadian Whisky award “Bronze Medals” – Black Velvet Reserve, Black Velvet Toasted Caramel.
How Should You Drink Black Velvet Whisky
The Black Velvet offers unique whiskey perfect for long drinks and curtails. It is well suited for classic curtails and also Grog-style curtails. Contemporary drinks will go well with any Black Velvet Whisky.
Taking the Black Velvet with a Red Hot Cake Batter wouldn’t be a bad idea. This recipe is great, and we recommend that you give it a try.
Red Hot Cake Batter
- part Butterscotch schnapps
- 1 part Black Velvet Cinnamon Rush
- 1 part Black Velvet Toasted Caramel
- 2 part half & half or milk
- Maraschino cherry or a small chunk of cake
You can combine the ingredients over ice and put them into a glass. You can serve it chilled.
Try to garnish the Red Hot Cake Batter with a cherry and a small amount of chunk cake.
If you’re on a vegan diet, you can substitute the milk with almond milk.
The unique taste of the plant milk mixes very well with the sweet flavor of the whiskey.