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I believe this expression just came out today. It is the first in a new Lot 40 series called "Rye Explorations" - a cask strength 100% rye whisky finished for 17 months in first-fill peated single malt quarter casks. According to the label, this was bottled in Aug 2021.
The colour is a light toffee. On the nose - OK gimme a minute - there is a lot going on! Very light peating, for sure - but extremely fruity with banana, pineapple and kumquat. You might not think this was a rye if you had nosed it blind, but the pepper, clove and pencil shavings are definitely there in the background. Herbal as well with parsley and mint. Water adds a bit of seashore. I wish I had longer to sit with this but so far, it's quite extraordinary.
Very herbal on the palate, without a lot of alcohol burn. Mild spices (cumin, paprika) and a light blanket of peat. More banana, toasted oak and those unmistakable rye "pencil shavings". Water ups the spice and peat just a hair - but even at 55.5% this is extremely drinkable without water. Oak, spice and peat are in perfect balance.
The finish is minty with freshly mown grass, green banana and white pepper. This expression of Lot 40 is in an entirely new realm - Canadian whisky made for scotch lovers. I have a tiny bit left of their Cask Strength 3rd Release (57%) - let's see how it stands up to that (mind you, that 3rd Release has been oxidizing for a long time): 3rd release is darker in colour, much oakier (and less complex) on the nose; both quite complex on the palate, but the new one has much more power (which could be because the 3rd release has oxidized too much). In any event, the Rye Explorations wins big time. This is one stunning whisky, by any measure.