TL/DR - Solid Canadian whisky appropriate for many occasions. Good as a mixer. The girlfriend is on a Boardwalk Empire binge, so that means I'm drinking Canadian Rye. No, no need to talk about Crown Royal or Hiram Walker's historically significant contributions - we're hear to explore the unknown. The path less traveled. So lets try "Lot 40", the relatively new revival from Pernod-Ricard, the massive transcontinetial spirits giant that brought you Absolut, Malibu, and now even the Canadian Club of Boardwalk fame. There's much debate over what constitutes rye. How MUCH rye is "Rye", and how much is "High Rye"? Suffice it to say Canadian law requires far lower percentages of rye content then its American cousins. I don't know what the percentage is, but Lot 40's got plenty of color and body. The nose is vaguely nutty, but mostly alcohol. A light splash of distilled water does nothing to bring out any bouquet. Drinkers of syrupy Bourbons, move along. This is pretty clean up front. On the palette, there's heat and harshness up front. The typical copper-pot taste is there, and is by far the dominant note - but it doesn't rise to the level of VA's Copper Fox where it's a genre bending component. There's a bit of orange peel and pepper. The dominant takeaway is a pleasant, balanced, non-offensive drink that could stand up for itself, or play well in a Sazarac or Old Fashioned.
Lot No. 40 100% Rye Whisky
Whiskey /43% ABV / Canada
- Canadian Whisky
Lot No. 40 is expertly distilled in small batches using only the finest locally sourced ingredients. By distilling in a single copper pot still, the result is a whisky that starts off earthy and woody tasting and then becomes full bodied and complex with a velvety vanilla oak finish.View all products by Lot 40California Residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING
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One of the best ryes I've ever had