Here's a whisky I don't know a lot about and normally wouldn't have sought out but it was bequeathed to me in /u/tvraisedme's gigantic whiskey dumpster give away before he moved out of town. I've read a lot of hoopla about the 2012 batch of this product but my bottle does not bear the "2012 Limited Release" distinction that I've seen in those reviews. All I know is that it was given to me in 2015 so I am guessing it is that release of the product. I did find some information that stated the 2015 release was basically the same distillation run as the 2012 only aged a little longer. If that's true, that makes this a Canadian rye whiskey distilled from 90% rye and 10% malted rye but I've found conflicting reports about the age so we'll just safely assume it's a NAS blend.
No Age Statement; 43% ABV; Currently retails here at $55
Nose: Sweet, spicy, and a little mellow. Molasses, vanilla, honey. The rye spice is rather herbal, like eucalyptus and menthol. I'm used to much more higher proof whiskeys and this doesn't bowl me over but it does have a surprising amount of aroma for only 43%.
Taste: Very sweet forward - mostly brown sugar and honey. The spice seems way dialed back from the nose and is washed out by the sweetness. It's thin on body and I can't help but feel like there is a weird artificial note to the sweet flavors that lingers in the back palate. The finish is a bit dry and short which seems to be the 86 proof rearing its ugly head.
Thoughts: I'm not crazy about this. If the palate carried through all those spice notes from the nose I would be more of fan. Also the weird artificial sweet note I can't quite place is not helping things. For my money when it comes to ryes, I prefer a more wood and spice forward profile like the higher proof WhistlePig bottlings sourced from Alberta.
Rating: C+ / C
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