Review: King's Lock Prescott White Rye / by Jason Hambrey

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100% Rye
Distiller King's Lock (Prescott, ON)

This is a new make spirit, essentially whisky spirit right off the still after it is watered down. It is made from 100% organic Ontario rye, double distilled to about 85% - so fairly light, produced in a new trend-setting wave of micro-distillers who have an eye on the environment and sustainability.

Review (2018)

  • Batch: 3
  • Bottling Code: N/A
  • Bottling Date: ~2017

Sharp, raw, spicy, and earthy – with lots of deep grain characteristic. I have a few friends who love this – the earthy and spicy and „naked” characteristics displayed in the spirit. There is something about it that is nostalgic. Pine, fir, clove, cedar, linseed oil, hazlenut oil, white pepper. There is something of a solvent cleaner characteristic on the nose which I expect barrel char will tame – but it’s not necessarily negative.

The palate has a bit of unripe orange (think of sharp, almost spicy, unsweet oranges or perhaps orange peel), a peppery spiciness, arugula, and more cedar. The finish is light, with nut oil and a plethora of spices – pepper and clove in particular. I do love pine and cedar notes, and this has a very pleasant earthy and grainy characteristic.

There is something appealing about this new make and the raw spicy and cedar notes which fill it up. I’m interested to see how this develops.