Lot No. 40 Copper Pot Canadian Rye Whisky /43%/ –
In the late 1990s, to commemorate the New Millennium, Corby Distillers released the Canadian Whisky Guild, a small range containing three unique whiskies: LOT No. 40, Pike Creek and Gooderham & Worts. The Canadian Whisky Guild could hardly be called a success; it was discontinued in the early 2000s but LOT No. 40 generated huge enthusiasm among rye whisky aficionados. It is named after the plot of land, home to the historic Ontario farm of Joshua Booth, the ancestor of one of Hiram Walker’s distillers, a Canadian pioneer, politician and distiller. LOT No. 40 returned to market in 2012 in response to growing demand for premium ryes. The whisky is distilled from 90% rye and 10% malted rye in Hiram Walker Distillery and reportedly aged for 7 to 8 years.
Nose: dark rye bread, cinnamon, clove, cardamom, pepper, prunes, caramel, orange zest, hints of vanilla and oak.
Palate: loaf of fresh rye bread, pepper, cloves, cinnamon, brown sugar, vanilla, prunes, lemon curd, orange peel and delicate oaky bitterness.
Finish: long with strong notes of rye bread, cinnamon, vanilla, lemon zest and oak.