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Oct 18

Lot 40 Canadian Rye Whisky – Review

Lot 40 Canadian Rye WhiskyLot No. 40 Single Copper Pot Still Canadian Rye Whisky

86 Proof

Price Point: $60 – $70 for 750 ML

Distiller: Pernod Ricard USA

 

Background

Social media has granted us all access to a wealth of information, some factual and some biased.  I started seeing hype for Lot 40 Canadian Whisky about a year or so ago, which got me curious about the sources.  Some may have been (and may presently be) legitimate, but others may be biased based on a number of things…

I spotted Lot 40 at a store (the adored 2012 release, mind you), and picked it up to see just how good it really is.

 

Review

The nose on Lot 40 starts with rich rye and oaky, sherry notes.  It’s sweet and spicy, and also a little leathery.  I also detect pine needles and perhaps some almond nuttiness.  This is a crisp and refreshing nose.

On the palate, there’s the unmistakable taste of the copper pot still influence, not unlike many of the whiskeys distilled in Ireland.  Lot 40 is a little spicy yet again, but also has notes of green apple, sweet charred oak, and more pine needles.  This whisky is vibrant and energetic.

There’s a little more of an alcohol taste on the finish, which reminds me of a cheap Canadian whiskey.  The finish alone drops this one down a few notches.

 

Rating & Recommendations

Lot 40 Canadian Whiskey earns a rating of 83 out of 100.

This is yet another case of a whiskey being hyped-up, but not necessarily living up to the praise.  Lot 40 is good, but not great.  It’s certainly complex on the nose and palate, but weak on the finish.

 

-Ryan

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