Review: Dillon's Rye Canadian Whisky (Cask Strength) / by Jason Hambrey

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41 months; New Ontario Oak
90% Unmalted Rye, 10% Malted Rye
Distiller Dillon's (Beamsville, Ontario)

This whisky was Dillon's first whisky release, bursting to the scene in 200 ml bottles full of rich cask strength rye whiskies, selling out right away. The beamsville distiller has since released a Three Oaks rye and other whiskies, but this is where it began (arguably, some might say it began with the gin, and perhaps rightly so). It's nice that they released it in nicely packaged 200 ml bottles so that people could try it - I always like this.

Review (2017)

  • Batch: Cask 02 (barreled Feb 2013)

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2/8/2016

A big, fruity nose with plum, rye porridge, hard pear (i.e. the sharp scent more than the honeyed scent), caramel, apples, peaches, and candied cherries. The palate is big and creamy, with honeyed notes coming in to complement the peaches and the grain. It is quite grain centric, and it is broad rather than sharp in that sense. The finish is full of more honey, steel cut oats, oak, and toasted fennel.

It doesn’t have the complexity or depth of Dillon’s Three Oaks rye, but this is big and pleasing.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Low. $113/750 ml…