I have heard quite a bit about Canadian whisky and not all was very nice words. I have tried some that might have been on the cheep side and not really in my taste range, so in my ears Canadian whisky didn’t have the best reputation.
Ones taste buds change over time and to test that statement I challenge my self in trying whiskies I have tasted in my early whisky days to see if I like them better now. Some actually do and some definitely don’t.
I was sitting in the small cozy and well-stocked bar at the Hotel Spreeblick in Lübben, Germany, looking at the shelves when I spotted LOT 40 – Canadian Rye Whiskey. Why not taste it. I had not tasted it before and I like Rye Whiskey, so it could not go completely wrong.
At one point I think Thomas the own look at me like “Do you really mean this” but he was kind and served the whisky. He surprised me by saying it was a good Canadian whisky. Me expectation raised a bit.
I must say…. I like it and it can easily become fixtures on my shelf.
Why is the whisky actually called LOT 40?
The short story is …. Yes, you get the short one for the long one can be a bit complicated 😉
It started back in 1784 where Joshua Booth, a successful businessman, had some land where he had seven grist mills, one of which was on lot 40. It turns out that there were also distilleries in connection with these grist mills and here rye was made into whisky on pot stills.
The whisky made at that time we don’t know what was called.
Let’s turn the clock to 1998 because here is another mile stone. Six generations later, in honor of his great-great-great-great-grandfather, Mike Booth makes a rye whisky and calls it LOT 40. It was part of the Canadian Whiskey Guild series.
It was made from 90% unmalted rye and 10% malted rye, distilled on a pot still and matured on freshly emptied bourbon casks.
Unfortunately, LOT 40 was not a success at that time and lived only a few years.
It so happens that in 2012, former master blender David Doyle and current master blender Dr Don Livermore at Hiram-Walker revives LOT 40 and here we are, some years after, sipping fantastic LOT 40 Rye Whisky.
This time the recipe is 100% unmalted rye, distilled on a pot still and matured in new white oak barrels.
I don’t know what the earlier LOT 40 tasted like but this is a good experience.
𝙉𝙖𝙢𝙚: Lot 40
𝘾𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙩𝙧𝙮: Canada – Ontario
𝘼𝙜𝙚: NAS ( can actually be 7-8 YO)
𝘼𝙡𝙘 %: 43
𝘾𝙖𝙨𝙠𝙨: New American White Oak
𝘾𝙝𝙞𝙡𝙡-𝙛𝙞𝙡𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙚𝙙: Yes it might be
𝙉𝙖𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙖𝙡 𝙘𝙤𝙡𝙤𝙪𝙧: Not sure
𝘿𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙙 𝙞𝙣: ?
𝘽𝙤𝙩𝙩𝙡𝙚𝙙 𝙞𝙣: ?
🅼🆈 🆃🅰🆂🆃🅸🅽🅶 🅽🅾🆃🅴🆂
👃: Caramel, earthy, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, ryebread
👄: Round, rich flavors, pepper, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, orange,
😋: Medium to long, delicious, rye, spicy, clove, oak
𝙄 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙜𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙬𝙝𝙞𝙨𝙠𝙮: 🥃🥃🥃🥃🥃 (5/6)
🅼🆈 🆁🅰🆃🅸🅽🅶 🆂🆈🆂🆃🅴🅼
🥃🥃🥃🥃🥃🥃 – 𝙀𝙭𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙤𝙧𝙙𝙞𝙣𝙖𝙧𝙮 𝙬𝙝𝙞𝙨𝙠𝙮 – 𝙙𝙚𝙛𝙞𝙣𝙞𝙩𝙚𝙡𝙮 𝙖 𝙠𝙚𝙚𝙥𝙚𝙧
🥃🥃🥃🥃🥃 – 𝘼 𝙗𝙚𝙖𝙪𝙩𝙞𝙛𝙪𝙡 𝙬𝙝𝙞𝙨𝙠𝙮 – 𝙊𝙣𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙝𝙚𝙡𝙛
🥃🥃🥃🥃 – 𝙂𝙤𝙤𝙙 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙄 𝙙𝙤𝙣’𝙩 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙠 – 𝙈𝙮 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙮𝙙𝙖𝙮 𝙙𝙧𝙖𝙢 𝙢𝙖𝙮𝙗𝙚
🥃🥃🥃 – 𝙉𝙤𝙩 𝙗𝙖𝙙 – 𝙄’𝙡𝙡 𝙙𝙤 𝙞𝙩 𝙖𝙜𝙖𝙞𝙣 𝙨𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙙𝙖𝙮
🥃🥃 – 𝙄𝙩 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙛𝙪𝙣 𝙩𝙖𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜, 𝙗𝙪𝙩 𝙄 𝙢𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙙𝙤 𝙞𝙩 𝙖𝙜𝙖𝙞𝙣
🥃 – 𝙇𝙚𝙩’𝙨 𝙟𝙪𝙨𝙩 𝙨𝙖𝙮 𝙄 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙩𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙙 𝙞𝙩