alberta premium dark horse

Alc. 45%

Bottle:

classic old school clear, shouldered cylinder with a bullet proof looking bottom. Like I mean thick bottom man. If James Caan smashed Kathy Bates in the head with this rather than a typewriter, the movie would have been 15 minutes shorter. Cool label. I wonder if metallica is going to sue.

 

Nose:

Slate and grapes. Its sweet and sour with a little bourbon oak, like a raw wood influence.  Sweet dark berries, like field berries softened by sun.

 

Palate:

Mmm, spicy rye is forward.  Fruit. Wine. Baking spices are heavily flaunted above oak and pepper. A hint of eucalyptus, dark fruit, cooked fruit, jammy and light cigar tobacco.  Licorice.  Tiniest touch of smoke and currants.

 

Please note:

This is an Alberta premium instant classic. It’s a straight rye, but with loose Canadian whisky technicalities, dark horse is able to gallop right by some rules that put it in the winners circle. There’s a healthy dose of corn whisky mixed in to the rye blend as well as sherry. Canadian whisky producers can add 9.09% of whatever to whisky to change the flavor profile however they wish. In this case, they added just a smidgen of sherry. Don’t get upset though. Producers have been ageing in sherry casks for years now. The sherry and whisky DO intermingle. The sherry helps sweeten and add a depth of flavor unapproachable by all other whiskies. This stuff is crazy good.

 

Overall score: 93

 

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