alberta premium 100% rye

Alc. 40%

Bottle:

70’s decanter style cylinder like a built in non slip grip

Nose:

After being in the glass for forty five minutes, its still quite a closed nose. Oatmeal cookies, spirit, isopropyl and very little oak to speak of. There might be a little rosemary hiding in there. A gentle warming with the hand brings out the oatmeal and baked goods in the nose, but keep in mind, you have to look for it.

Palate:

jumpy, bright, hard, prickly, flinty and expressive. Theres no fooling here, its young rye.  I get a little oatmeal, but a lot of baked goods as well as baking spice, then theres some artificial mint to finish the ride with a nice medium finish.  This is rye, untamed.

 

Please note:

This rye is only five years old, unlike the bottle which looks like its getting hooked up to life support. I let my final glasses for tasting sit out for forty five minutes to let them evolve. It knocked off the hard edges, and things smoothed out a bit, and sweetens.  I haven’t tried the elderly A.P. products, but dark horse is a complete knock out compared to this. I think this suits ginger ale quite nicely.

 

Final score: 79

Good, but needs a little growing up. I don’t see what all the fuss is about.

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