Review: King's Lock Whiskyjack Rye / by Jason Hambrey

King's Lock WhiskyJack 2.jpg
100% Rye
Distiller King's Lock (Prescott, ON)

A young rye (not a whisky yet), so a version of their white rye which is a bit further down the road.

Review (2018)

  • Batch: 2
  • Bottling Code: N/A
  • Bottling Date: ~2017

Still dominated by the spicy, cedar notes of the new make but now with some toffee and light oak influence. Quite pronounced toffee and nutty notes to add in to the new make. It’s softer than the new make, but it’s still quite untamed.

Nut oil - the palate carries the tamed notes of the rye new make – cedar, pine nuts, cinnamon, clove – but with oak and toffee woven in. Doesn’t nearly have the raw-ness of the new make (which is good) but is showing a good direction. Light toffee and cask sweetness fit in well. It’s clear the new make (which has characteristics I quite like) is moving a good direction in the cask.

The finish has light vanilla, mixed roasted nuts, and pine nuts. Still a good set of pine and cedar notes, and a touch of oak too. The cask certainly needs some more time to work some magic (it doesn’t appear to be new oak), but it's coming along.