Review: Punjabi Club Rye Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

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Producer Minhas Distillery (Monroe, Wisconson)

This whisky rolled into Ontario recently, and the branding is entirely unhelpful (and perhaps misleading?). It isn’t from India/Punjab, nor is it even clear where it came from - the bottle only says that it is bottled in Wisconsin. Rumours are that the whisky was sourced from Canada, but there is nothing official on this.

Given that it is bottled as a rye whisky in the USA (for which the rules are pretty flexible) so it’s hard even to infer much about it from the label. But, we can certainly taste it!

Review (2021)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2020

  • Bottling Code: N/A

The nose has some pretty sharp new oak and orange peel, but also some really sharp, rich rye spices and grainy oatmeal notes. There is a touch of vegetal rye notes (spinach and arugula) and some lilac and even a touch of lavender. The palate remains oaky, with lots of vanilla and barrel spice – it’s oaky in the sense of intense new oak for a few years rather than the rich depth of a bourbon’s oakiness. A nice herbal, spicy finish with some decent oak tannins.

I like the intense, floral rye on the nose. The oak isn’t balanced on the whisky, though.

However, it has many of the characteristics I like in bigger mixing rye whiskies – big oak, spice, and complexity. Hard to find too many whiskies with those characters at this price (in Canada, anyway). So, a pleasant discovery from that end.

Recommended as a mixer, and not a bad value for that at ~$30 for what you get. I like this more than the current iteration of Lot no. 40.

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