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- Brand: Still Waters
- ABV: 46%
I reviewed a cask strength bottling over a year ago; this one is their 46% version. Like the single malt I just reviewed, the label says "single cask" but doesn't give a cask number.
The colour is a pale gold (just a hair darker than the single malt). On the nose, we get buttered rye toast, freshly ground black pepper, various herbs (sage, mint and a hint oregano) and lime. A bit of cumin. Toasted oak. Water adds a bit of smoke. Quite complex for a young rye, but needs to be a bit fruitier to round things out.
The palate has a lot of zing (and heat) with massive spice, mouth-drying oak and toasted rye crusts. Kumquats. Various citrus notes (lemon, lime, orange). A big eye-opener but it's mostly spice, heat and citrus - no bottom notes here.
The long finish is chalky, with an off-citrus note that doesn't quite work (like a cut lemon that's been in the fridge too long). I remember liking their cask-strength rye more, but this one is fine (though needs more time in the cask). Totally different than most Canadian ryes, even the ones that are actually mostly rye.