Review: Trust Canadian Rye Whiskey / by Jason Hambrey

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3 yrs; Ex-burgundy and virgin oak
51% Rye, 49% Barley (organic BC)
Distiller The Liberty Distillery (Vancouver, BC)

This whisky was made from a mixture of rye and unmalted barley, triple distilled, and then aged for 3 years in 225 L Ex-Burgundy wine barrels. After the initial period of aging, the whisky was finished in virgin oak casks.

Review (2021)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2020

  • Bottling Code: N/A

There is lots going on here: wine gums, baking spice, vanilla, licorice, and more candied fruit notes (like ju-jubes), licorice, vanilla, charred wood, orange peel, and hot cross buns. Toffee and spice are throughout. The palate is clean, with lots of wine notes (including some minerality), baking spice, licorice, dried orange, clove, almonds, and dried apricots. The finish is lightly tannic, and full of candied fruit, baking spice, and sharp oak. The finish is one of those which builds over time, getting bigger and bigger as you have more of the whisky – and, indeed, evolving – starting with fruit at the centre, then shifting to nutty notes, then shifting to oak and spice.

Value: Average against the market at $70.