This is a 16 year double distilled rye from Alberta Distilleries that was bottled at 53.5% ABV.
Nose: Smells quite a bit younger than 16 years – I would’ve guessed 8-10. Minimal oak involvement with the bold, peppery rye dominating. Slightly flowery at times with heavy orange rind.
Palate: Orange marmalade and very spicy rye up front with the oak only appearing as a bitter/varnishy note.
Finish: Bitter orange peel remains with chlorinated pool water.
Rating: 77/100 – I had somewhat high hopes for this one, but it just doesn’t come together for me.
Value for the money: This retailed for $150 I believe, and I’d pass at that price. I can’t see a price where I’d want to personally buy this as you have great competition even around $35 with Baby Saz.