Their Cask Strength Rye, also released this year, carries no age statement but a pretty high ABV (65.1%). Ok let's dive in...
The colour is a medium gold (closer to the 20 than the standard release). On the nose we get big spice and wood smoke, floral notes, light caramel, some candy floss, 70% dark chocolate and liquorice all-sorts. Golden raisin. Mequite wood chips. Herbal and smokier with water. My word, there is a lot going on here - gorgeous stuff.
On the palate the high ABV adds massive cloves, paprika and cumin. Various caramels: Mackintosh, burnt, creme caramel and those addictive little squares. Water improves mouthfeels and adds more baking spices with massive wood. It does seem young but not a bad thing here - verve, energy and whisky-in-motion!
The finish is ever-changing with black pepper, chili, big oak tannins and berry fruits. Shares the same DNA as the standard and 20YO but operating on an entirely different level. Not much to say except this is one of the best Canadian whiskies I've ever tasted.