Caribou Crossing Single Barrel Canadian Whisky 750 ML very limited.Caribou Crossing Single Barrel Canadian Whiskey is one of these high quality Canadian Whiskey products. Owned and distributed by the Sazerac company, this Canadian whiskey gives a glimpse into the promise of the category and gives us hope that more great Canadian whiskeys could find their way to the US. The nose on the Caribou Crossing is sweet, light, and fruity with notes of orange, vanilla, and caramel with a soft undertone of oak. The entry is soft, sweet, and smooth, carrying many of the flavors from the nose into the taste. In the mid palate it picks up the slightest bit of rye spice, nothing too intrusive or overwhelming. The finish is extremely easy and leaves the palate with a light, sweet orange and vanilla taste and a very cool mouth feel.Packaged in a rich, royal blue bag and nestled inside an elegant gift box, this whisky is perfect for the upcoming holiday season. And it's not just pretty packaging, Caribou Crossing Single Barrel has won a multitude of awards since its introduction in 2010, including:A "93" rating from John Hansell at The Whisky AdvocateChairman's Trophy and "92" rating at the 2012 Ultimate Spirits ChallengeGold medal at the 2012 Los Angeles International Wine and Spirits CompetitionSilver medal at the 2012 New York World Wine and Spirits Competition2010 Canadian Whisky of the Year" by canadianwhisky.orgDouble gold medal at the 2010 San Francisco World Spirits CompetitionGold medal and "90" rating meaning "exceptional" from Tastings.com (Beverage Testing Institute)Silver medals and best in class at the 2010, 2011 and 2012 International Wine and Spirits CompetitionThe barrels used for Caribou Crossing were hand-selected by Sazerac's Canadian Whisky Maker Drew Mayville. He selected the most mature and flavor-rich samples available and oversaw the bottling of each individual barrel. Each bottle of Caribou Crossing has its own subtle uniqueness. Whisky buffs can expect to taste radiantly-hued nectar with a nod to the tantalizing silky texture provided by the barrel. The rye grain cuts through the wood flavors making its spicy presence known without risking the creamy vanilla custard smoothness. The finish is oak with an orangey tang.Caribou Crossing is the first single-barrel Canadian Whisky produced by a major whisky company since the 19th century. That was the time when people would arrive at Canadian distilleries with jugs to be filled straight from the barrel. The now infamous Bush Pilots, from the late 1990s, was also bottled one barrel at a time, a fact that contributed to its legendary status among the whisky cognoscenti. Caribou Crossing Single Barrel, from the Sazerac Company/Buffalo Trace, now advances this concept further, drawing its very best whisky from an inventory of over 200,000 barrels produced for it by several prominent Canadian distilleries.For Caribou Crossing, Sazeracs Master Blender Drew Mayville selected the most mature and flavour-rich of these barrels and oversaw the bottling of each individual barrel. Each barrel has its own unique subtleties so identifying each barrel with a number on the package would help whisky lovers find bottles from different barrels and be able to compare them. Since this is single-barrel bottling, there are no laser codes on the bottle to help the more obsessive find different batches.Our goal was to put forth the highest-quality whisky available and to give consumers a new way to look at Canadian Whisky, Mayville said when he introduced Caribou Crossing earlier this year. We are very proud of the end result and hope these new products will foster a greater appreciation among consumers for what Canadian whisky can be. If market acceptance is any indication, Mayville seems to have achieved his goal quite nicely. Not only has Caribou Crossing won accolades from prominent whisky writers, it has sold well enough that a second batch was soon required to replenish empty shelves.