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Alberta Premium 30 Year Old

Sweet and Spicy Magic

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@michaelschoutReview by @michaelschout

30th Jun 2011

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After nearly a month of anxious waiting and checking the LCBO website everyday, I finally have a bottle of Alberta Premium 30 year old. In typical Alberta Premium style the bottle is far from presumptuous, in fact, it's the same bottle as the regular 5 year old blend. What's inside of the bottle though is indeed very special.

Nose: Very similar to the 5 year old blend albeit more complex. There are strong floral notes, like orange blossoms and then fresh fleshy plums. Rye notes slowly come out. When the glass was warmed in my hand for about five minutes, the nose opened up with notes of sweet grains.

Palate: Sweet vanilla and caramel are very prevalent at first. It is very sweet but then there is a subtle amount of spice that creeps up on your tongue and balances out the sweetness. There is a lot of rye flavour that is so common amongst Canadian whiskies, but like the nose, there are floral and fruity flavours that somehow manage to be powerful yet stay in the background of the palate. There is a constant oak tinge on every flavour. Texture is medium chewy. It took a few tastings over two days to really understand the complexity of the palate, and it just gets more complex as more flavours are discovered all the time.

Finish: Extraordinarily smooth. The spices grow over the finish and it really becomes quite pleasant. It's not an overwhelmingly long finish and once the remnants of the minimal spice die down there is a lingering oak note on the palate.

Overall: What a blend! It has beautiful rye flavours because it is one of the few 100% Canadian rye whiskies. There is a perfect blend of spice and sweetness. I wasn't sure what I was expecting from this whisky, but in my mind it is exactly a more sophisticated version of the regular Alberta Premium and is quite perfect in almost all ways. Sometimes the flavours seem a little muted to me, but in my mind part of the intrinsic nature of whisky is that it can never be absolutely perfect to everyone.

I should probably talk about the value of this whisky. At the LCBO in Ontario the Alberta Premium 30 year old costs $50. Even if this whisky was half as good this would still be great value. I say thank you Alberta Distillers.

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10 comments

@cclward
cclward commented

I can't wait for this one, Please hurry along to Atlantic Canada before all is consumed in Ontario. Nice review.

9 years ago 0

@michaelschout
michaelschout commented

I hope for your sake too that they reach Atlantic Canada. They really released them in full force in Ontario around cottage country for Canada Day weekend so maybe they're coming your way soon.

9 years ago 0

@Megawatt
Megawatt commented

Hey Michael, may I suggest trying it with an ice cube? I know it is unthinkable for some, to water down 80-proof whisky, but in this case I think it is justified. It is such a dense, heavy spirit, and an ice cube really helps break it apart and allow more flavour to get out of the glass.

9 years ago 0

@Bravado
Bravado commented

Picked some of this up last week (2 bottles, just to be safe!) and it's a bloody masterpiece. I love alberta distillers and their philosophy and have recommended this 30yo to everyone I know!

9 years ago 0

@Mikerocosmos
Mikerocosmos commented

I plan to pick up 2 bottles next week. One to sample and one for my collection. This bottle also got a mention in this month's Whisky Magazine! I'm looking forward to sampling it.

8 years ago 0

@Megawatt
Megawatt commented

I compared this tonight with Forty Creek Confederation Oak Reserve. Reason I compared them is that they are both top-tier Canadian whiskies and I wanted to see just how different they were. It's amazing what you can discover about a whisky by comparing them! Confederation Oak tasted pretty much as I expected, crisp and clean with lots of fresh wood flavour, while the 30 year old tasted like a very old brandy by comparison. I had not expected it to taste so fruity! It was also a lot smoother and richer than the Forty Creek. If I had to pick one bottle it would be a tough call.

8 years ago 0

@michaelschout
michaelschout commented

@Megawatt sounds like a good comparison. I've been wanting to try the Confederation Oak since it came out, but for some reason I always get distracted by other whiskies when I go to buy it.

8 years ago 0

@Megawatt
Megawatt commented

Confederation Oak is pricey but very, very good. Haven't tasted anything quite like it.

I did my own comparison between Alberta 5 year old and 30 year old; I could hardly recognize them as the same type of whisky.

8 years ago 0

@badboymn
badboymn commented

Thanks for the review, really want to try this now.

8 years ago 0

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