Nose: Not as sharp as I’d expected. Rye grass, eucalyptus, caramel, aloe, dill, earth, cereal, and banana bread.
Palate: Rather spicy and tannic, in a good way. Caramel, wood polish, cloves, apple, cinnamon, dill, orange soda, and lemon meringue pie.
Finish: A singed, semi-bitter set of flavours carry us through the rather short finish. Woodspice, birch, orange soda, unflavoured popcorn, pie crust, meat pie, rye, sour dough bread, and meringue. A very special set of flavours here.
Thoughts: Very unlike any rye I’ve had before. This bottle has been open for 6 months and I’m only now starting to really get into it. I like how “anti-sweet” it is, and the dill, meringue, popcorn, and orange soda add to the character. I expected this to be a simple, sharp, rye-forward whisky, but that’s not the case. Instead it oozes character and style. However I do find that the finish, despite being interesting, is quite short. And even with a high abv by Canadian standards (yes… 43% is high for us), I’d still love to try this as a stronger whisky. But it certainly is distinctive and engaging stuff. I don’t like Canadian whisky as often as I wish I did, but i think that's my own shortcoming, as I have to get used to the style. Regardless, this is definitely one I can get behind. And at $40 CAD, this is a lot of bang for buck. Highly recommended.
我通常比較喜歡美國裸麥威士忌,因為酒精濃度較高,比較有力量,但是這瓶LOT NO 40是例外!
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