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    Lot 40 Canadian Rye

    After reading a good deal of online hype I took the plunge and picked up a bottle of the Lot 40 Canadian Rye, 2012 release ($60). It's an all-rye mashbill (90% rye, 10% malted rye), age statement unknown but it's not a total baby. Classic rye nose, with more floral scents than I normally get from Canadian 100% rye mashbills (Jeff10, WP). They also avoid the mint-bomb effect that 100% rye can bring out. Flavor was sweeter than I expected- not overwhelmingly so but a balance to the rye spices that was really nice. How did they get that without any corn? Finish was long and lip-smacking, mind shouting "take another sip!".

    This may sound crazy but it reminded me of a younger version of the Saz 18. There's a nice balance of sweet and spice, all the flavors are more dialed-up but not aggressively so. I'm very happy at $60, not sure how available this is or if it will be around, would love to see it regularly on shelves / bars.

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    Re: Lot 40 Canadian Rye

    Good description Pike, shows what 100% rye can do.
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    Re: Lot 40 Canadian Rye

    Thanks for the great description. I also gave in and have one on the way.

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    Re: Lot 40 Canadian Rye

    Saw a few of these on the shelf a few days ago, but opted for 8y old scout intstead. Will definately go back for it soon.

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    Re: Lot 40 Canadian Rye

    I had to "settle" for Wiser's Legacy recently but have been casually looking for a Lot 40 for a couple months. Please PM me if you know of a store in WashDC that carries it. I can't find one. TIA

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    Re: Lot 40 Canadian Rye

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry in WashDC View Post
    I had to "settle" for Wiser's Legacy recently but have been casually looking for a Lot 40 for a couple months.
    If you like the Legacy, I think you will love the Lot 40. I was told by Don Livermore (master blender) that the Legacy contains a significant amount of the same whisky that makes up the Lot 40.
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    Re: Lot 40 Canadian Rye

    Quote Originally Posted by portwood View Post
    If you like the Legacy, I think you will love the Lot 40. I was told by Don Livermore (master blender) that the Legacy contains a significant amount of the same whisky that makes up the Lot 40.
    More good news as I have a Wiser's Legacy in the same shipment as the Lot 40.

    Harry, Caskers has the Lot 40 (if they ship to where you live).

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    Re: Lot 40 Canadian Rye

    One of the best "young" ryes available today. I was surprised at how good this is, and it completely lives up to the hype. Something to bunker if you can.

    And yes, Legacy is not too shabby either. I'm stashing those away also.

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    Re: Lot 40 Canadian Rye

    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.

    Gary

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    Re: Lot 40 Canadian Rye

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillman View Post
    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.

    Gary
    The label and bottle looks exactly like the other's but no 2012 banner. I can take a picture when we get back. There was a full shelf and the store didn't have an inventory to make me think I got something old. I'd guess this is a newer bottling. Thx.
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