I picked this bottle up at the LCBO the last time I was in Toronto. Ninety proof, 20yr Canadian rye whisky: what’s not to like? And it was pretty cheap, I don’t remember the exact price, but converted back to USD, it ended up being around $40-50 or so. Hard to find anything 20yrs that cheap. And it said “Ultra Premium” on the bottle, ooooooooohhh… on to the review.
The color is pretty pale, not unexpected for Canadian whisky which typically uses multiple time used bourbon barrels. The nose is light with stone fruit, baked apples, allspice, vanilla, Necco wafers and baked bread. Very little heat and the nose is subtle.
The taste is enjoyable, getting flavors from the nose, but the finish isn’t very long and it’s not terribly complex. There is some light heat on the chest which is good, but the chill filtering takes out most of the mouthfeel leaving me with a thin finish.
Is this worth $50? Probably. But would I buy it again? No. It’s good, but for a 20yr old rye, I just expected more. Pikesville Rye, which is only 6yrs old, blows this away from every possible perspective. I’m going to review the Canadian Club 20 in the next day or so, we’ll see which is better. This one is an 83/100.