This is a 100% rye from an unnamed Canadian source. This source is thought by many to be Alberta Distillers, who are also the source of the similarly 100% rye bottled as Whistlepig in Vermont. This is at a lower proof at 45%. I have now exhausted my knowledge on the subject, so let’s get straight to the review.
Jefferson’s 10 Year Rye (47%; Batch 11; from a sample received in a swap)
Nose: Quite sweet with pine and dill. Some toasted oak right below along with some cool mint. With another minute or so of air I’m getting some maple syrup and some caramel. The oak gets quite perfumed as it sits and the dill and pine intensify. Water brings out some nice cereally notes.
Palate: Very much as on the nose at first. The wood is a little more present and I’m not getting the darker sweet notes–it’s all about the pine and the sharp/cool herbs. Nice mellow texture. With some time the wood begins to get sharper. 15-20 minutes later it’s mellowed again and now it’s much sweeter with a hint of chocolate as well. Nothing interesting with water.
Finish: Medium-long. Herbal at first with the mint dominating and sweeter later.
Comments: This is rather nice. At first I liked the nose a lot more than the palate but I’m glad I gave it time as the palate came around as well. I don’t know if this is still around, and is still more or less the same spirit (this is the problem with NDP—non-distiller produced—whiskies) but if so, I might look for a bottle.
Rating: 87 points.