Whisky Review: Lot 40 Single Copper Pot Still Whisky (Corby Distilleries)
I once snuck a sip of whisky while my dad and his friends were playing cards, my dad told me not to, but I thought it was iced tea, because of the rich reddish brown copper appearance that reminded me of iced tea.. boy was I wrong. However, I didn't mind it, sure it was strong, oaky and bitter, but I drank every sip of the tumbler of Five Star and Coke.. though I did get in shit from my dad for doing that.
Fast forward to my less-than-rebellious teens, like most kids in their mid to late teens, I started to drink, I hated the taste of beer so rye and Coke was my drink of choice for several years until I graduated highschool.
Now it's 2013, I feel like an old geezer but I'm only 28, I now mostly only drink micro beers, but I manage to drink some Crown & Coke once in a while as it brings me back memories of harvests and the grain train going right by the farm to pick up grain at the Pipestone grain elevator.
I thought, hey.. lots of beer geeks also like a good rye whisky, so tonight I'm reviewing Lot No. 40 Whisky by Corby Distilleries. Corby is also the same distillery that makes my dad's favourite farmer-approved rye, Meaghers' 1878.
Appearance: A nice dark oaky caramel, just like what you would expect in a quality Canadian rye.
Aroma: Going from beer to whisky reviewing is tough.. it's strong, of course. Notes of rich oak barrels, sweet caramel, fresh cut rye and a bit of rich dark fruit.
Taste: I don't generally drink rye straight, I prefer it with Coke, but for this review, I needed to get as much of the flavour as I could. The second it hit my tongue, it gave me shivers throughout my entire body.. hell just thinking about it gives me shivers. Right off the back there's a nice crisp oakiness to it, followed by a bit of rye grain, slightly sweet caramel. Mouthfeel is a bit spicy, leaving a bit of heat on the tongue even after the whisky has long been savoured. While strong and oaky, it's a bit more mellow than some Canadian Rye Whiskies out there.
Overall Thoughts: It will take me time to get used to drinking whisky again, but this will grow on me, it's a very solid & rich whisky. Costs around $45 before taxes (750ml, 43% ABV). The bottle cap is a pseudo-corked cap, plastic cap with a bit of cork attached to it. The plastic part of the cap gives it a cheap feel, but the cork is a nice touch. I picked this up as a gift to myself for having a job for an entire year now!
From the label: D Michael Booth distills this whisky in small batches using the same simple recipe developed by his forefather Joshua Booth, seven generations ago.