Review: Last Mountain Distiller's Select Canadian Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

Image courtesy of Last Mountain distillery

Image courtesy of Last Mountain distillery

Ex-Bourbon Barrel
75% Rye, 25% Corn
Distiller Last Mountain (Lumsden, Saskatchewan)

This whisky represents one of the favourite releases from 2020 from Colin Schmidt, the founder of the distillery. It is aged for 62 months (5.2 years) in a freshly dumped heaven hill bourbon barrel. Let’s take a look!

Review (2021)

  • Batch: 2020 Distller’s Select

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2020

The nose here is amazing! I love Last Mountain’s wheat whisky for how it does justice to wheat (perhaps better than any other wheat whisky) and this one stewards the flavours of rye in the same way. Hugely complex: dill, lilac, icing sugar, spicy greens, fresh fava beans, tarragon, celery seed, corn husks, dried apricot, dried peach, fresh hay, and toasted oak.  The palate is big and balanced, with the spicy notes just blooming and some nice texture. The finish is rich, spicy, herbal – oh and there is dried fruit, too.

I find Last Moutain’s ryes to be quite floral – this one is certainly no exception. My favourite last mountain whisky to date, and one of my favourite whiskies from a small producer in Canada to date, also.

The tasting notes on Last Mountain’s website describe this as “subtle” – refined, yes, I wouldn’t say subtle – tons of big flavour here!

For so long, the big and best ryes in Canada lay solely with the big producers – Lot no. 40 from Hiram Walker, Masterson’s from Alberta, Northern Harvest from Crown Royal – this is the first one that I’ve tasted from a small producer that contends with those ranks…I think this one is better than the current iteration of Lot no. 40. Impressive.

Very Highly Recommended (19% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: High at $75. So, by my assessment this is in the top tier of whiskies that you can buy for this price. Again, impressive…