This bottle has been open for six months and the fill is now below half.
I detect layers of spice (all-spice, cloves, Cinnamon, Ground black pepper and a subtle vegetal funkiness on the nose. Possibly a wet galvanized metal aroma. I’m digging the nose on this one.
The entry is silky and sweet, a hint of caramel, not thin, a faint reminder of TAB diet soda, rushing into some mid-palate heat with a tingle on the exit....popsicle sticks chase this one and linger in the finish... watch you don’t catch a sliver. The finish lasts for a few minutes.
AP 20 can be grouped with CC 100% Rye, Pendleton’s 20 YO Director’s Reserve, and Pendleton’s 12 YO, which is my favourite of the bunch, but not a favoured whisky in my books. I believe it is barrel char making all four of these uncharacteristically different from the highly regarded Ryes originating from Alberta Distillers Ltd., such as Masterson’s, WhistlePig, Lock Stock & Barrel, Hochstadter’s, Alberta Premium standard, AP 25 YO, and Alberta Premium Cask Strength. AP 30 is the fence sitter, so close to greatness, yet so far, but what a nose, even better than AP 25.
Alberta Distillers Ltd. makes excellent rye, there just isn’t enough of it in AP 20 YO.