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Review: Alberta Premium Cask Strength Rye (2021)

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We took Alberta Premium Cask Strength for a spin final 12 months after the Canadian rye whisky gained Jim Murray’s coveted “World Whisky of the Yr” for 2020. We didn’t fairly agree with Mr. Murray’s evaluation, however then once more, the expression extra broadly out there within the states, which we reviewed, doesn’t seem to have been the identical whiskey he reviewed. Maybe the nice people in Canada bought to maintain that one. Anyway, Alberta Distillers is again with one more cask power launch of this 100% rye whiskey. I feel my palate has lastly recovered from the four-alarm hearth that was final 12 months’s launch. Fingers crossed I gained’t want the hearth hose for this one.

Immediately cooler on the nostril however nonetheless exhibiting loads of warmth with an aroma that alternates considerably erratically between recent wintergreen and dried tropical fruits: pineapple, kiwi, and mango. It’s a bit peculiar however a welcome change from the 2020 launch. There’s character right here, even when it’s a contact oversweet and intensely fruity. On the palate, the warmth is once more the very first thing to introduce itself, nevertheless it’s not practically the punch within the face of the final launch. There’s nonetheless an excessive amount of alcohol, nevertheless it tempers shortly into a mixture of Banana Runts and a warming rye spice that turns into extra natural and grassier into the end with a touch of brown spices and a few toasted sugar sweetness. An enchancment over final 12 months’s to make certain, however nonetheless removed from “Whisky of the Yr” territory, in my humble opinion.

127.4 proof.

B / $75 / albertadistillers.com [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]

Alberta Premium Cask Power Rye (2021)

$75

Score


8.0/10

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