Bearface Canadian Whisky has released quite an exceptional whisky. Infused with distinctive notes of Matsutake mushrooms, the release, named Matsutake 01, marks the debut release from the brand's Wilderness Series. It certainly is a flavor combination that sounds a little unusual, but given the current trend for all things umami, Bearface's Matsutake mushroom expression is like no other.

Unlike the UK, Canada's unique regulations state that anything labelled 'Canadian whisky', 'Canadian rye whisky', or even just plain 'rye whisky' has to be aged in a specific way. The liquid must sit in 'small wood' barrels for a minimum period of 3 years. The beverage is also allowed to contain added caramel coloring and flavoring - differing from UK protocols.

Bearface's Master Blender, Andrés Faustinelli, said the expression has been “a long time in the making”, adding that the highly anticipated drop was set for success: “With each new limited release, we strive to shatter category norms and challenge traditions. I know Bearface Matsutake does just that. As seen with the latest spirits trends – umami flavors are in. The Matsutake mushroom grows once a year in the Canadian wilderness making it highly covetable and rare and brings a sophistication to this bottle unlike any other whisky.”

The first collection to fall under Bearface's Wilderness Series forms part of its Elementally Aged trilogy - a blend of French Oak, Sherry Pipes and Casked Matsutake. Interested parties can hop on over to the brands webstore, where this novelty is available at $44.99 CDA.