Alberta Premium Canadian Rye Whisky with Goran & Ryan

2013-07-26 17.33.05Just a quick and dirty catchup post.  We reviewed this one a while ago as part of Project Tiny Bottles, the “let’s get post-fodder for cheap” initiative that has brought so, so much content to this site.

What to say about Alberta Premium Canadian Rye Whisky? It’s part of the Beam Global brand, which if it isn’t a space-based death ray it absolutely needs to be. We can confirm, however, that Alberta Premium exists in the same stable of brands as the following whiskies: Tangle Ridge, Old Overholt, Kessler, Windsor, (ri)¹ (no, it’s really called that), Ardmore, DYC, 2Gingers, Greenore, Tyrconnell, Connemara, Kilbeggan, Laphroaig, Teacher’s, Canadian Club, Jim Beam, Red Stag, Maker’s Mark, Knob Creek, Basil Hayden, Booker’s, Baker’s, Old Grand-Dad and Old Crow.  So, some fine malts, and some windshield washer fluid, a wide selection to be sure.  We’ll likely be tasting quite a bit from this company as we go, as we already have.

Other than that its true notability is that it’s one of the few true ryes. Much better in a mix that caramel Canadian whisky. Here’s what we thought:

Simon – wet hairspray, caramel, stings
Goran – syrupy, sharp, not round, mint
Ryan – maple or table syrup, sweet

Simon – caramel, burn, rye
Goran – smoky & dry, hard ending, short burn
Ryan – smoke, not peat, not an assault, not chemical

Simon – becomes sweet, orange
Goran – grain, fat, thin profile whisky, sharp & smooth
Ryan – sugar but good, more like a bourbon

Alberta Premium Canadian Rye Whisky – 40% 200ml – $7.60 – Canada

Try it? No. Buy it? For mix, yes.

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