I bought 6 bottles of Alberta Premium 25 when it first became available at the LCBO because of all the hype (and I wanted to be sure I had some bunkered). Also bought some regular Alberta Premium NAS to compare it to. Yes I found it miles ahead of the regular NAS. All the reviews I heard mentioned it was "smooth as cognac" or some such. I found it rather harsh for a 25yr old. Not bad, but not great. Got rid of the rest of my bottles and forced one down. Got used to it a bit, but Alberta Premium has this acetone flavour that seems to be part of the house character - much more promemant in the NAS version than the 25yr old.
One of the reasons it may taste different is that all the whiskies in the blends are made from rye. Interesting in that I've tried both Rittenhouse and Old Overholt (thanks Gary) but this stuff I just can't get into. Lots of people seem to like this stuff a lot. And the price tag ($30 cdn) on a 25yr old whisky is significantly low. But I should point out that perhaps partly because of the use of rye by Alberta Distillers it does taste different from other Cdn whiskies. And different in a way that doesn't speak to me.
Interesting thoughts, gentlemen.
Still wouldn't mind trying some of my own.
Eventually, perhaps soon, I'll pick up some FC Barrel Select.
"It hasn't cured my broken heart, but it sure helps a lot."
Tried a sample of Wiser's Red Letter Whisky which is a limited edition Wisers. THE most impressive cdn whisky I've had to date! Overpriced at $150 IMHO, but very polished while strategicly leaving some unpolished bits for character. Nice (judicious) use of new oak. The Canadian answer to JW Blue!
Well, lucky in that Toronto has tasting towers that I can try samples for a (very) moderate fee...