Join Gather in the Innovation Centre for a Bearface Whiskey dinner this Wednesday hosted by master blender, Andres Faustinelli. The new whiskey brand, called Bearface, was created “to transform how consumers perceive and experience Canadian whiskey”.
The inaugural release, Bearface Triple Oak, has been finished with three different oak barrels. The single grain whiskey is first aged in ex-Bourbon charred American oak barrels for a minimum of seven years. It is then placed in tight-grained French oak ex-wine barrels with over seven years of use for “high-end Bordeaux-style wines” from local winery Mission Hill.
Finally, the liquid is aged in a three-year-old air-dried virgin Hungarian oak cask – a first for the Canadian whiskey category – providing “rye-like notes and a rich texture”. Mark Anthony Group founder and chairman, Anthony von Mandl, says “most whiskey categories are tied to stringent rules and regulation, reducing flexibility to innovate or modernise as consumer palates change. Canadian whiskey regulations provide an ideal platform for this category to lead whiskey innovation globally. In creating Bearface Triple Oak we have focused on developing an exceptional whiskey by challenging norms, being obsessive in our initial barrel selection and finishing it in unique and interesting ways.”
Andres Faustinelli, master blender, adds “at Bearface, our collective aim is to showcase how Canadian whiskey can lead the whiskey world through innovation and flavour. Our Triple Oak signature release is the start of what promises to be an exciting new chapter in Canadian whiskey.”
The dinner is $60. Direct message Gather’s Instagram account in the link below to go.