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@NozinanReview by @Nozinan

15th Jul 2019


  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
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I bought and opened this 200 cc bottle in 2011 or 2012, after watching a Ralfy review. I tried it a few times, most notably when I first tasted samples of AP 25 and 30 (courtesy @Paddockjudge) in preparation for my January 2015 opening of my 2014 Handy at an epic tasting held by @Talexander (where we opened 3 CS BTACs).

The bottle was about half full and had been gassed for some of the time I’ve had it. Tonight I pulled it out to review H2H2H with the 25 and the 30.

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.

Nose: 21/25

Rye spice, caramel, vanilla. Fruit in the background. Some baking spices. Water makes it a little more syrupy

Taste: 21/25

Sweet arrival. caramel, vanilla, spicy. Bold, but a little too sweet.

Finish: 20/25

Short. Vanilla, tannic.

Balance: 20.5/25

Good balance, not too complex, a little too sweet.

Score: 82.5/100

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.

This is not a bad whisky. Given there are so many other choices, I don’t think I’ll be reaching for this under most circumstances.

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paddockjudge commented

@Nozinan, every once in a while, a batch of the standard Alberta Premium reaches heights that defy logic....a 750 ml bottle of liquid magic for $27CDN.

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cricklewood commented

@paddockjudge how often do you still pick up this expression? Out of curiosity? I haven't had this in while and think I should give this a try.

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paddockjudge commented

@cricklewood, I generally keep this on hand. An easy sipping whisky under $30, I'm not shy to give this one away.

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