Lot 40 Canadian Rye Whiskey
Lot 40 Canadian Rye Whiskey is an 86 proof, 7-8 year old, 100% Canadian rye whiskey that you should go buy right now. And then save some for me. It is produced and bottled at Hiram Walker Distillery, just across the Detroit River from "Mo Town" in crappy Windsor, Ontario. The distillery, which is owned by Corby Distilleries, first began producing Lot 40 in the early 1990's. However, in the early 2000's, that production of Lot 40 was discontinued causing a "Pappy-esque" craze/frantic hunt among Canadian whiskey connoisseurs.
Wisely, in 2012, Hiram Walker brought Lot 40 back, and according to those who have had both versions, what we've got here is just as good as the original.
The product is named for a piece of land owned by 18th century Ontario settler, Joshua Booth, the great-great-great-great grand uncle of retired master blender Mike Booth. Joshua Booth was a miller, distiller, and politician and made the "real" original Lot 40 on...well...Lot 40, near Millhaven, Ontario.
Lot 40 took home Whisky Advocate's Canadian Whisk[e]y of the Year in 2013. I highly recommend it.
Lot 40 Canadian Rye Whiskey (2012 Release)
Hiram Walker Distillery (Corby Distilleries)
$50 at ABC in Columbia, SC
Color: Deep copper.
Nose: A complex and earthy nose. I could seriously smell it all night. I get honey comb, prominent hay, warm rye bread, fresh cloves, black pepper, cinnamon, and some very light wood.
Tasting Notes: The sip is smooth with spearmint, maple syrup, cinnamon candy, and some dark fruits. It develops into a woody, peppery, rye spice. The finish is really complex, with more pepper, some wood, and mint. It's a tight, dry, pleasing end.
Overall: A. Lot 40 could easily be the kind of whiskey that people pay stupid amounts for online, or drive all over the place looking for. Apparently, it was at the turn of the millennium. Thankfully, we've spotted it in several stores and it's usually sold for $50. Don't open it unless you've got time to appreciate.