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Lot No. 40 12 Year Old Cask Strength

Northern Border Collection Rare Releases III of IV

7 995

@talexanderReview by @talexander

15th Mar 2018

1

  • Nose
    23
  • Taste
    25
  • Finish
    23
  • Balance
    24
  • Overall
    95

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Corby's took their wonderful Lot 40, aged it for twelve years and bottled it at cask strength at 55%. Cool! Not so cool? Only 4,968 bottles were produced.

The colour is a cinnamon-copper. On the nose, sharp pickle juice, deep oak, cayenne pepper and strong mint. Quite floral. Acetone. Dark chocolate. Pencil shavings. Musty and vegetal with water. As wonderful a rye nose as you could expect.

Hot on the palate with more oak, blood orange, vanilla and light caramel. More pickle juice. Creamy mouthfeel. The perfect amount of spice - cinnamon and cloves. When you add water, it gets spicier, with more blood orange. Absolutely delicious!

The mouthwatering finish is surprisingly short with pine, more citrus and bovril. I love, love, love this. I'm comparing it side-by-side with the standard Lot 40 - surprisingly, the standard is darker in colour. The nose on the standard is fruitier where the cask strength is sharper and more floral. In terms of flavour - the cask strength just has so much more oomph, you have to fall in love with it.

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9 comments

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

Great review!

I really like this. Does anyone else taste coffee in this? Or is my palate just off?

I'm thankful to my Connosr friends who opened my horizons to Canadian whisky before this became just a memory... And to @paddockjudge for helping me to shore up my supply with an extra bottle. Also looking forward to trying to get my hands on the 2018 (11 yo) release that I have heard is as good or better!

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@paddockjudge
paddockjudge commented

@talexander, great review for a great whisky! An absolute shame that only 4968 bottles were made available. I can honestly say that I found the last bottle made available for retail. It was "mistakenly" shipped to the LCBO store a few minutes from my home....word on the street is ...more coming to LCBO for Father's Day

On a visit to Hiram Walker Distillery I asked Corby's master blender, Don Livermore, about the colour (if I didn't, I knew @Nozinan would continue to hound me ad nauseam). Lot No.40 standard expression has colour added. Lot no. 40 Cask strength does not. He then proceeded to pour caramel colouring into a water glass, diluted it in a higher concentration than what it normally occurs in the bottle, and allowed @Jason Hambrey and I to taste it; it was tasteless. Thank you @Jason Hambrey for taking me with you on one of the most memorable experiences of my life. Thank You @Nozinan and @Nosebleed for liberating a few bottles from Western Canada and introducing them to a new home in Sudbury.

For the record, I prefer this one to Pikesville 6 YO Straight Rye 55% abv.

@talexander, I read your review and penned this comment while listening to Boz Scaggs' Lido Shuffle.

about one year ago 4Who liked this?

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@talexander
talexander commented

@paddockjudge I figured the standard must have colouring added (much like how the CC20 is darker than the CC40, but then again cask type plays a part, so who knows). Although caramel colouring doesn't have a flavour, it still changes the flavour of the whisky simply by virtue of the fact that it dilutes it. Regardless, standard Lot 40 is still fantastic stuff. As is Lido Shuffle. For a similar experience, sample a few Canadians while listing to Jackson Browne's Running on Empty album.

about one year ago 1Who liked this?

@talexander
talexander commented

@Nozinan I did not note coffee but that seems absolutely consistent with the flavour profile.

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@talexander
talexander commented

@paddockjudge Also, I just double checked and I also scored the Pikesville a 95. So there you go!

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@paddockjudge
paddockjudge commented

@Nozinan, @talexander Lot No. 40 Cask Strength would pair well with a hand rolled Habanos...Cohiba Reserva

about one year ago 2Who liked this?

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@paddockjudge if only they were readily available at a reasonable price...

Not that I condone the use of tobacco...

about one year ago 2Who liked this?

@OdysseusUnbound
OdysseusUnbound commented

Thanks for the review. I haven’t brought myself to open mine yet. I tried it at a lovely little cocktail lounge in Windsor called The Blind Owl. Your notes are similar to what I got, but I also got a ton of black pepper and ginger on the palate, like really good ginger snap cookies. I hope @paddockjudge is right and that they’re bringing more out for Father’s Day. I’ll have to try and get at least 2 more.

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