Canada or bust.. A trip into the wilderness for me, or maybe not.. I was recently sent another package from a friend over in Canada containing several Canadian whiskies, the one that really jumped out is this Lot 40 Rye whisky.
Why did it jump out ? Well, firstly I have recently discovered Rye Whiskies and discovered a liking for bourbon so wanted to know how this stacked up against these.. Secondly I had heard a few things about Lot 40 and knew this was a well loved whisky before it was discontinued..
Produced in one single copper pot still this Lot 40 whisky has recently re- appeared and was very kindly sent over by George ( 007.5 the smooth operator) whom I do a few sample swops with..
So today’s review is as mentioned the Lot 40 Rye whisky, bottled at cask strength (55%) and is bottle #1937 from 4968.
Nose.. This is quite a prominent nose, full of strong aromas.. Vanila, caramel and Trebor mints start to mix with orange peel, chocolate and some dried fruits.. A subtle vegetal note appears on the back of oak, cinnamon and black pepper.
Palate.. Spices lead you into a strong bitter orange peel note with some sweetness coming from molasses, vanilla and toffee..
Finish.. Lingering spices and citrus peels..
Thoughts.. I can see why there is a little fuss over this.. Some very typical Rye notes make this a lively little dram, and it is certainly one worth seeking out as an alternative dram on those colder winter nights..
A big thank you to George over in Canada for sending yet another sample set.. You sir are a Gentleman..