Review: Lock, Stock, and Barrel 13 Year Old Canadian Straight Rye Whiskey / by Jason Hambrey

13 Years; Virgin Charred Oak
100% Unmalted Rye
Distiller Alberta (Calgary, Alberta)

This whisky is another independent bottling of Alberta Rye - aged 13 years, and hard to find - it is available in the US but not in Canada or elsewhere, as far as I have heard. This, now, has been replaced by a 16 year old. However, on to it:

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2014

Medicinal, spicy, grainy. A bit of a reserved nose – it takes some time to open up. Orange, root beer, heavy bread baked with molasses, black currant jam, barrel char, and a bit of terrific Alberta character peeping through with some time. Some nice brown cardamom too, oak (but not full of coconut and vanilla- rather just quite woody), arugula, and spinach. The palate has lots of orange, and is quite dark overall – lots of arugula, black tea, lots of spice, and a developing finish which is just fascinating. I wish we saw more Alberta rye at 50%. This is a fabulous bottle. The finish is full of arugula, spice, roasted flavours, and tannins lightly puckering up your mouth but fading quickly in a cleansing way. It leads to a whole lot of rye in your mouth. Wonderfully rich, too…just a step behind Masterson’s but it is certainly close. My favorite style of whisky, here….

Very Highly Recommended (18% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average. It isn’t cheap (about 115 USD), but it is a good whisky and an old rye, at that.