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Golden Stag Blended Rye Whisky

Review: Golden Stag Blended Rye Whisky   78/100
Review by Chip Dykstra (Aka Arctic Wolf)
Posted on September 27, 2019

Golden Stag Rye Whisky is produced by the Sperling Silver Distillery in Regina Saskatchewan. The Distillery began as the Slow Food Brew Pub (evidently also a micro brewery) which produced 6 different varieties of beer, cider and wine. During the production filtration process they found that there was unfiltered by-product left over after every fermentation. So, an application was placed with the Saskatchewan government to build a small micro Distillery so that they could recycle these left overs into distilled spirit.

On of the distilled spirits which the Sperling Silver Distillery currently produces is Golden Stag Blended Rye Whisky which has undergone a special 3 step carbon filtration process using distilled well water and silver impregnated carbon filters. this three step process is outlined on the company’s website as follows:

1. The spirits are carbon filtered
2. The spirits are filtered with a silver impregnated carbon filter
3. The spirits are frozen 48 hours and then filtered through a fine head filter.

This process is used for all of the distilleries products as they use walk-in freezers to freeze all of their products to below minus 20 Celsius for 48 hours prior to the final filtration. The cold temperature ensures the distilled spirit has essentially become a syrup which allows for an extremely clean and pure final product.

Golden Stag Blended Rye Whisky is bottled at 40 % alcohol by volume.

Note: For this review, I was working from a small 50 ml sample and thus I was only able to complete abbreviated tasting notes.

In the Bottle 4/5

The 750 ml bottle for the Golden Stag reflects an economic approach to the presentation of the spirit which is meant to keep costs in check. This long-necked cylindrical bottle is meant to be easy to grab from the shelf, easy to hold in your hand nad easy to pour into your glass.

It doesn’t have a lot of pizzazz, but it serves its purpose.

In the Glass  7.5/10

Colour: Amber

Legs: Lots of small droplets forming which fall leaving slender legs

Initial Aroma: Oak spice and butterscotch with vanilla and corn and dusty grain spice building

Decanted Aroma: Almond, sweet and sour fruit, with an underlying dankness similar to old school Canadian Club Whisky

In The Mouth  47/60

Alcohol push and Spice: Light push of alcohol with grainy spice and a hint of burn

Initial Taste: Melding of vanilla, almond and corn flavours with rye and grain spice

Follow up: Sour fruit, fine oak spice, a touch of dank corn with ginger and touch of cinnamon spice

In The Throat: 11.5/15

Body and Length: Light bodied with a short crisp finish and an unfortunate touch of alcohol burn

Flavours during Swallow: Menthol, sour fruit and grain spice

Lingering Flavours: A touch of herbal sweetness, sour corn mash (Similar to Jack Daniels) and some lingering heat.

Final Thoughts  8/10

A good mixer for back deck parties with good friends, and lots of ice and Ginger ale to mix with. There is enough depth here that with a lager sample, I think I could have mixed a nice Old Fashioned Cocktail or a Manhattan.

You may read some of my other Whisky Reviews (click the link) if you wish to have some comparative reviews.

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Suggested Recipe:

It’s hard for me to suggest a cocktail for a nice Canadian rye whisky without using ginger-ale in the mix. The reason is that rye based Canadian Whisky works great with ginger-ale and a bit of ice. For the Golden Stag Blended Rye Whisky, I think this recipe will work just fine.

Canadian Cooler

2 oz Golden Stag Blended Rye Whisky
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
dash of Angostura Aromatic Bitters
1/2 oz Simple Syrup (1:1 ratio)
Ice
Ginger Ale

Pour the Golden Stag Blended Rye Whisky, the Lemon Juice, and the Simple Syrup into a metal shaker with Ice
Add a dash of bitters
Shake until the outside of the shaker frosts.
Strain into an ice-filled glass.
Top with Ginger-ale
If desired garnish with a slice of lemon or lime

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Note: If  you are interested in more of my original cocktail recipes, please click this link (Cocktails and Recipes) for more of my mixed drink recipes!

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As always you may interpret the scores I provide as follows.

0-25 A spirit with a rating this low would actually kill you.
26-49 Depending upon your fortitude you might actually survive this.
50 -59 You are safe to drink this…but you shouldn’t.
60-69 Substandard swill which you may offer to people you do not want to see again.
70-74 Now we have a fair mixing rum or whisky.  Accept this but make sure it is mixed into a cocktail.
75-79 You may begin to serve this to friends, again probably still cocktail territory.
80-84 We begin to enjoy this spirit neat or on the rocks. (I will still primarily mix cocktails)
85-89 Excellent for sipping or for mixing!
90-94 Definitely a primary sipping spirit, in fact you may want to hoard this for yourself.
95-97.5 The Cream of the Crop
98+ I haven’t met this bottle yet…but I want to.

Very loosely we may put my scores into terms that you may be more familiar with on a Gold, Silver, and  Bronze medal  scale as follows:

70 – 79.5    Bronze Medal (Recommended only as a mixer)
80 – 89.5     Silver Medal (Recommended for sipping and or a high quality mixer)
90 – 95         Gold Medal (Highly recommended for sipping and for sublime cocktails.)
95.5+            Platinum Award (Highest Recommendation)

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