Alberta Premium Cask Strength Rye, 66%

Price: $70 Issue: Summer 2021 Reviewer: Ted Simmons

There is a pronounced graininess up front, with toasted coconut, brioche bun, and cereal box on the nose. Add water, and toasted nuts, brown sugar, and pastry case aromas emerge. Take a sip and there's a rich interplay of mint and chocolate, Andes mints along with some herb and spice notes, lemon curd, and candied nuts. The finish is sweet, spicy, and slightly minty. There's an in-your-face boldness to this whisky—one that reveals complexity over time.