Thanks to /u/Devoz for being my main hook-up for all things Bourbon, yet again.
So I’m going to say something as a Canadian that may sound whiney. And it is.
But you American’s don’t get how lucky you really are.
Don’t sputter, wait for it.
Sure, we have all these nice things like beavers, universal healthcare, French women who don’t age, and lower crime rates. However you have the Bourbon Industry.
Just think about that: You have a government that wanted a quality product. And pushed for regulations for years to ensure that it did. You have designations for whiskey, requirements, and even regional differences.
What do we have? Well the same thing for wine, but this isn’t /r/wine , so let’s ignore that. We have taxes based on high alcohol content and alcohol monopolies (save for Alberta).
So be happy you are lucky (in this way). Because a quality product like Sazerac Rye 6? That couldn’t be made in Canada. High Rye, aged quickly due to consistent temperatures, and sold for a decent price? Forget about it.
So let’s see how it tastes, shall we?
Price: Currently not available at the LCBO
Colour: 10YR 4/6
Nose: Orange, nutmeg, floral, cotton candy, dead leaves, corn
Yes, this is Rye. Who is this? It’s Dog.
Seriously though, they’ve hit that really nice stage where Rye has this floral note. It’s a little bit marred by an earthy, dead note, which combines with the sweetness to be corn (even though there’s only 5% corn).
This is nice. Good start.
Taste: Jalapeno, butter, cardamom, cinnamon, grapefruit, cola
Spicy. Bitter. Sweet. All at once. Kinda odd. I like the spiciness. I even like the little bitterness I enjoy. Yet all at once reminds me of the first pasta sauces I made in University. Kinda odd.
Finish: Butter, chilli powder, orange, cigarette smoke, lavender, dry, honey
I’m not a smoker, so the ciggie smoke isn’t really my bud. The lavender honey aspects are great.
I wish it had more spice (not heat spice, but girls in Uggs spice) at the end too.
Conclusion: Overall this is a nice dram to sip on. It hits some nice notes, and while the taste is all over the place, I can appreciate the different parts. The finish needed some work as well. And the nose was nice.
Good start, needs some time in the barrel and it could be quite nice. Kinda wish they brought out one between this and the 18 year. A 12 year would be interesting. However probably wouldn’t make as much money as the 18 year.
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