Lot 40 Cask Strength

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As part of the Toronto Whisky Society, our great contributor /u/devoz took time out of his very important schedule and visited the Wiser’s distillery.

And as part of that, he requested a sample of Lot 40 Cask Strength, a version of the famous Lot 40 from Corby that has not been released yet. In return, each of us would swear a blood oath to form the fabled blood warriors of Canada and defeat the evil cannibal spirits, the Wendigo.

No, wait. That’s a different hobby of mine. We promised we’d review it.

Took a lot of arm twisting on all our collective rubber arms, let me tell you. But don’t worry, we’ll live. Someday.

So, why have you never heard of Lot 40 Cask Strength? Great question, me!

This one is not currently on the market. As you can see from the custom label, it’s only given out to media people to review. Currently it’s up in the air if the LCBO will ever carry this one. Or if anyone will ever carry this one, because there’s a question if it’s worth it.

And before we, as the whisky elite, start pulling out torches and pitchforks, take a second to think like a company. So first, kill a baby animal if there’s profit in it.

I kid, I kid. However at the end of the day, all companies are beholden to making a profit. And Lot 40, right now, is a great Canadian whisky. Probably the best I’ve ever had, with few to compete with it.

So why take a risk on a type of whisky only drank by a small niche of whisky elites that will cut into a whisky that a lot of people buy. That’s called losing money.

So I’m here today to review this and share with you how it tastes. I hope that Corby takes the chance at some point, however I don’t hold it against them if they don’t. I’m just happy to drink whisky.

So, this is a 100% rye whisky, aged in virgin oak barrels. It’s Canadian, and I’m assuming that there’s no colour added and no chill filtering. It is barreled from a single barrel, so the eventual release may taste different.

Let’s see how this Canadian unicorn (we call them Moose) tastes, shall we?

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Price: Not for resale, N/A

Cask Number: 05 05100

Bottled: October 28, 2016

Region: Canada

Abv: 55.8%

Colour: 10YR 8/8

Nose: Orangecicle, lavender, plum tarts, lemon yogurt, cherry loaf, caramel apples

Immediately didn’t even realize I was drinking a Canadian whisky. My brain just erased all pre-conceived notions of it. I am a blank slate, like the aliens have brought me back.

Lots of things going on here. A fruit bent that has citrus, dark fruits, and some light cherry notes. Bunch of stone fruits as time goes on. Very creamy, with touches of floral elements.

Holy crap this has a good nose.

Taste: Papaya, oregano, peach syrup, buttered popcorn, raisin butter tarts

Great mouthfeel. Lots of fruit again, however now there’s butter. Lots of butter.

If you’re American and wondering what a butter tart is, they are a better reason to move to Canada than your President not winning. Super tasty.

Love the oregano taste here, by the way. And I say that as someone who doesn’t really love oregano. It’s a dry element that really balances out the sweet elements, and adds a herbal note that I really enjoy.

Note to self, try Oregano on popcorn.

Finish: Fennel, grapes, basil chicken, cherrywood smoke, molasses cookies, violets

Big finish. Long finish. Good finish. Long finish is Good Finish.

It’s hard to explain, but the lack of fruit here mixed with molasses notes and smoke really comes together nicely.

Conclusion: Well I for one will accept my Corby overlords as the people who give us a new dimension of better Canadian whisky. In addition to the other distilleries.

And I for one think anyone who doesn’t try and sell this is a foolish fool.

Seriously, this is a really, really complex and tasty whisky. Cask Strength, lots of flavour, little burn, and very much a high end, good quality product. This is the kind of whisky we, as a country, should be putting forth to the world. This can go toe to toe with BTAC and come out as a winner.

The only docking of marks I have is that it’s heavily fruity, and while very complex, doesn’t quite hit the mark of “OMG memories” level. That said, this is very well made stuff.

In this country we need to support this level of quality, especially if we want to help businesses that are making things like this.

Good on you Corby.


World Whisky review #172, Canada review #63, Whisky Network review #834

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