Given that most of the swill on the Canadian shelf is bottled at 40%, and the glacial pace the industry moves at, 43% is an accomplishment! I too would love to see it at the same strength (45%) as its sibling - Wiser's Legacy.
I find Lot 40 to be an excellent 100% rye. The taste differences between the 100% rye WhistlePig or Masterson's - as compared to the 100% Lot 40 - shows the skill and art of the blender/distiller.
Since I'm in MI, across the river from Windsor, Ont., I can fairly easily pop across the border and pick up a bottle for ~ US $40. I'm glad to see that it's now distributed in the U.S. (at least, in some states), but unfortunately at a much higher price point (~$60).
I'll go with the 90/10 recipe, the important thing being it's all rye.
Does anyone know anything about non-2012 branded Lot 40's? I picked up a bottle, but doesn't mention 2012 like other reviews/descriptions.
This is probably a bottle from one of the earlier years' production. All Lot 40 is very similar, in fact I just bought a bottle of the 2012 that reminded me of Lot 40 from 10 years ago. Perhaps as the stocks are selling well, recent bottlings are from younger batches and the taste is coming around to what it was originally. (The first 2012 bottles struck me as older-tasting than the bottles of 10-15 years ago). Anyway, it doesn't matter, you have a bottle of the genuine and that's all that matters.
Well it's hard to say, maybe the ones being marketed (from latest stocks) have the 2012 removed. But the whisky itself will be very good.