Lot 40 Rye Whiskey – A Gentleman’s Review

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I am a student currently studying in Vancouver, Canada. As an ‘acting Canadian’, it is my job to try as many Canadian whiskeys as possible before I get ‘deported’. Last week, on a rare occasion, I actually remembered to order the Lot 40 Rye whiskey at a bar, so let’s get straight to the tasting of it.

Lot 40 Rye
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Findings in Lot 40 Rye Whiskey

My first ever Rye whiskey was the Knob Creek Rye, it was a completely different experience compared to Scotches or Japanese. The Knob Creek Rye was not bad, but Rye just wasn’t my thing, yet. This time, the Lot 40 Rye Whiskey changed my mind.

Still really different from what I am used to but this time it was way better than I expected. Rye is some aggressive stuff, bolder and more bitter. After all, rye is born and raised in the MOST EXTREME CON… I’m just playing, but it is true that rye prefers cooler weather like mid-fall, and can survive under -29C.

Let us see just how ‘bold’ the Lot 40 Rye is.

Nose: Some classic Rye notes can be picked up from the Nose, cinnamon, a bit of cardamom, just spicy in general. I smell a bit of apricot, some may get a faint plum scent. Overall, quite interesting on the nose already.

Palate: Once again, classic Rye spiciness, quite prominent in this case but I think it was less intense than the aforementioned Knob Creek Rye. Savoury, a hint of sweetness (taste like burnt sugar), and finally, the cinnamon that was picked up on the nose sits at the back. Not oily/heavy.

Finish: Medium length. The cinnamon taste is quite long-lasting, but other notes seem to fade away quicker.

Overall, a really pleasant dram with a strong kick. If you are into stronger and something extraordinary, the Lot 40 Rye is definitely what you have been looking for.


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