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Posts Tagged ‘Rye Whisky’

Review: Shelter Point Single Cask Rye Whisky (Cask No. 6)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 10, 2022

The Shelter Point Farm and Distillery was established in 2011. It is located on 380 acres in Oyster River, BC, about halfway up the eastern side of Vancouver Island. The farm and distillery contains 2 kilometers of oceanfront, a natural mosaic of streams, a salmon-bearing river, wetlands, forests and fields which are all shared with native wildlife. This land has been farmed for generations and remains one of the last seaside farms on the Island.

Shelter Point Single Cask Rye is a Distillery Exclusive available at the distillery as well as online as new casks are bottled. The whisky is made from 100% rye grain and bottled with its natural colour (non-chill filtering) at cask strength (usually between 58 % and 60 % alcohol by volume).

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Shelter Point Single Cask Rye Whisky (Cask No. 6)

“… Big beautiful oak notes complimented by vanilla and butterscotch. There is a robust grain and rye combination followed by graham wafers, hints of maple and almond extract. The oak and rye notes just keep growing reminding me of a waving grain fields set beside an expanse of forest …”

Please enjoy my review!

Chimo!

 

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Review: Liberator Rye Whisky 

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 20, 2022

The Liberator brand is an authentic small batch craft spirits brand produced by Highwood Distillers to honor the WWII RCAF base that was located in their home town of High River as well as to honor the brave men and women who fought in WWII. This is a small volume craft offering created such that Highwood Distillers would have a line-up of 100% Alberta made craft spirits produced for the local market.

According to Michael Nychyk, Operations Manager at the Distillery:

This is a small volume brand in our portfolio; but we are proud it honours the RCAF and their connection to High River. And not to mention the spirits are great quality!

Liberator Rye is distilled using locally sourced wheat in small batches. Highwood uses water from a Rocky Mountain fed aquifer to bring the distillate to 75 % abv. and then ages the whisky in a single fill used bourbon barrel for five years. Once the whisky is mature it is blended with aged rye grain whisky to achieve the desired rye-forward whisky flavour profile. At that point the whisky is processed through a multi stage filtration system to polish the final product, after which it is bottled at 42 % alcohol by volume with hand applied closures and labels.

Here is a link to the full review of Highwood’s hand crafted Rye Whisky:

Review: Liberator Rye Whisky 

“… Things begin with a nice push of fine oak spices and rye-like grain spices. There is a lovely toffee sweetness with almond and vanilla emerging as well. A somewhat grassy tobacco aroma lifts out of the glass with hints of ginger spice and perhaps a touch of cinnamon, nutmeg and milk chocolate …”

Please enjoy my review which concludes with my serving suggestion, the Rye Whisky Splash.

Chimo!

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Black Destroyer

Posted by Arctic Wolf on December 26, 2020

Here is a cocktail I put together as an homage to Canadian-American writer A. E. Van Vogt, who was one of my favourite science fiction writers as I was growing up. His short story Black Destroyer (July 1939, Astounding Science Fiction)  is credited by Isaac Asimov as being the seminal story which ushered in the Golden Age of Science Fiction.

My Black Destroyer is a delicious drink which pairs Cask Strength Rye Whisky with Pot Still Jamaican Rum, and an Agave based orange liqueur. It packs a powerful wallop so I recommend limiting yourself to one serving per evening.

1 1/2 oz Alberta Premium Cask Strength Rye Whisky
1/2 oz Rum Nation Jamaica Pot Still 7 Year Old Rum
1/2 oz Patrón Citrónge (Agave based Orange Liqueur)
1/3 oz Grapefruit Juice
1/3 oz Lime Juice
a few dashes of Angostura Cocktail Bitters
1/3 oz Sugar Syrup (1:1 ratio)
Ice
Grapefruit Twist

Add the ingredients into a metal shaker with plenty of ice
Shake until the outside of the shaker begins to frost
Strain into a cocktail glass
Garnish with a twist of Lime

Please Enjoy Responsibly!

And if  you are interested in more recipes, please click this link (Cocktails and Recipes) for my mixed drink recipes!

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2019 Rum Howler Favourite 20 Canadian Whiskies: #14 – Crown Royal Northern Rye

Posted by Arctic Wolf on December 9, 2019

Crown Royal Northern Rye took the world by storm when it was introduced in released in 2015. The main reason for this was that World renowned whisky guru, Jim Murray (in one of his most controversial selections) declared the Northen Rye to be thebest whisky in the entire world that year.

Jim Murray’s declaration cause a stampede of consumers to rush to their favourite liquor store in order to buy a case before it ran our. It did run out, but only temporarily as Crown Royal quickly ramped up production to meet the demand. Since 2015, it has remained a staple of my home bar:

Here is a link to my review:

Review: Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye Whisky

“… I sense a stronger underlying oakiness within the spirit as fine wood spices rise into the air and the merry little breezes above the glass are tinged with crisp spicy rye notes as well …”

Chimo!

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#Top100CanadianWhisky #16: Lot No. 40 Rye Whisky

Posted by Arctic Wolf on December 8, 2017

Lot No. 40 is of course the Corby branded whisky which was first released in the 1990’s as an upscale connoisseur’s whisky for the North American market. Alas, timing is everything, and according to Don Livermore (Master Blender for Corby and J.P. Wiser’s branded whiskies), the whisky never really caught on as the market wasn’t quite ready for such a new style of Canadian Whisky.

However, with the new upsurge of interest in Canadian Whisky across North America (and in particular at the premium end of the market), Corby (the owner of the J.P. Wiser’s Brand), relaunched the whisky in 2012.

According to the bottle label:

Lot. No. 40 is crafted in small batches using rye grain in a single copper pot still aged in virgin oak barrels.

Here is a link to the Rum Howler #16 Canadian Whisky in my list of the 100 Best of 2017:

Review: Lot No. 40 Rye Whisky

“… The initial nose is filled with the scents and smells of milk chocolate and bread crust alongside fresh rye grain and strong oak and cedar scents. Caramel toffee, baking spices (vanilla, nutmeg, and cinnamon) and more fresh rye pour out of the glass into the breezes. As the glass breathes, the smells of oak and cedar strengthen with firm undertones of leather and burlap revealing themselves …”

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Alternatively you can view the list as it grows by viewing my Reveal Page here on this website:

The Rum Howler – Top 100 Canadian Whiskies of 2017

The Reveal Page will be updated at as frequently as possible throughout the month of December.

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