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This is a three way H2H with AP30 and standard NAS Alberta Premium (2 unicorns and a workhorse). I received this sample from @paddockjudge 4-5 years ago. I opened it to help prepare for my first taste of Handy Rye at an epic tasting held by @talexander. There were about 15 cc left in the sample bottle (I think it was gassed).
This expression, in a Glencairn, is reviewed in my usual manner, allowing it to settle after which I take my nosing and tasting notes, followed by the addition of a few drops of water, waiting, then nosing and tasting. I nosed all the whiskies before tasting them, going from oldest to youngest.
Dill pickle juice. Some rye spice. Dust, something floral. Delicate but underpowered nose.
Thin. Initially flavours are muted. Some spice in the development, with vanilla most prominent. But a little weak
Vanilla and pepper.
Too weak, nose and palate do complement each other.
Comparing the three:
The standard AP had the strongest but least complex nose. The 25 was more floral and rounded, but a little soft. The 30 was the most inviting, complex nose
The 25 was a bit washed out and thin. The standard was bold but a little sweet and unidimentional, and the 30 had bold flavour and some breadth.
Interestingly, water did not have a significant effect on any of them. The NAS gets a little sweeter.
I have a feeling this sample was past its best before date, because in the past when I’ve tasted AP25 I’ve enjoyed it much more. I’m willing to reassess, if only I could get my hands on some…