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Corby's Lot Forty Cask Strength 2018 release 11 YO

Happy New Year! ...Again

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@NozinanReview by @Nozinan

2nd Jan 2019


Corby's  Lot Forty Cask Strength 2018 release 11 YO
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  • Brand: Corby's
  • ABV: 58.4%
  • Batch: Second Edition

I like this rye. No mystery here. I really liked the 2017 12 YO first edition, and I liked the single cask version of the 11 YO at SOT this year, and I like this release. A lot. If that’s all you need to know you can stop reading now.

It’s still January first here in Toronto and I’m starting the year off, once again, with a review of a Canadian whisky. And not just any Canadian whisky. One of the finest ryes I’ve ever tasted. I reviewed the 2017 1 year ago today.

This expression 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.

Is it my imagination or is this year’s 11 YO just lightly lighter in colour than last year’s 12 YO? I wanted to ask Doc Liver(no)more about caramel, but @paddockjudge doesn’t let me.


Rich, spicy. Lots of caramel. Hint of vanilla. Dill pickle juice in the background. Beautiful nose. Water enriches the nose. (23.5/25)


Wow! First sip gives me sweet and spice, then a little coffee and some pickle juice on the development. You’d never know it was bottled at 58.4%! Thick mouth feel. Butterscotch and vanilla in the development, with a little pepper. Similarly, water creates a profound explosion of flavour. Not so much different, but more of everything. Maybe, no, definitely, a hint of menthol in the late development early finish. (23.5/25)


Quite a long, oaky, astringent, tannic finish with a little pepper and caramel/butterscotch on the exhale. The finish becomes a little more complex with the menthol note (with water). (22.5/25)


Nicely balanced. Nose and palate are complementary.

Score: Neat - 90/100 With Water: 91.5/100

Great rye!

Compared to the 2017 12 YO, the first edition(neat) has a sweeter nose and a more complex, floral palate. I get more coffee with water. It’s very hard to choose one over the other (I do realize I gave them slightly different scores) when they go head to head.

Of course, what can one do after comparing the two but to put them together? Of course, I am only tasting it with water added. It seems surprisingly unbalanced at first, with the two seeming to compete. I get coffee, toffee and pickle juice as its main flavours. And menthol. Not quite the sum of its parts. I will sip this but I think I like each edition best on its own.

To all, I wish you a happy, healthy, 2019!


paddockjudge commented

...I asked, no colour added.

5 years ago 2Who liked this?

Robert99 commented

@Nozinan I just had it on december 30 and I was surprised how different it is from the 2017. Not as exotic and floral as the 2017 but with very rich low flavors of wood and caramel and nice integrated soft spices. Another Canadian gem.

5 years ago 1Who liked this?

cricklewood commented

Nice review, I recently opened a bottle of this as I wanted to know if it lived up to what I tasted with you at SOT. I didn't find that orange creamsicle note that charmed me but it's definitely another winner, not as floral and bready as last year, I need more time to get to know it.

5 years ago 0

Nozinan commented

@cricklewood The SOT expression was from a single cask. This one has a higher ABV and was a little different.

5 years ago 0

cricklewood commented

@Nozinan I had that in my notes too but when I mentionned this to Livermore in Instagram he claimed what he brought to SOT was exactly what was in the bottle.

What's a guy to believe.

5 years ago 0

Nozinan commented

@cricklewood Funny. He specifically said it was a single cask pull, and he gave the ABV at 54.3%

5 years ago 0

JasonHambrey commented

The casks were from the same bond, so maybe that's what he meant. Same bond, but one is a single cask and one is a mixture of all the casks. I've noticed that the Northern Border Collection previews are different than the final bottlings, slightly.

5 years ago 3Who liked this?

OdysseusUnbound commented

I’m glad @paddockjudge asked, but I would have guessed no added colour because of the virgin oak use. If I absolutely had to choose, I’d pick the 11 year old. It’s got a bit more low end sweetness than the 12 year. I currently have one of each opened and they’re both delightful.

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