We’re big fans of Alberta Distillers’ product line, particularly their Dark Horse Rye.
In Canada, there is no legal requirement to put a single grain of rye in a rye whisky.
Alberta Premium uses 100% unmalted rye, and this one is aged for 20 years in charred oak barrels.
Above is the video review. Below are our thoughts on the whisky as well as our review score to make up the score of 90 we give this one.
Alberta Premium 20-Year-Old Review
Age = 20 years old
Strength = 42.0 % Vol.
Bottle Size = 750 ml
Price = $85
IN THE BOTTLE
One of the big letdowns of this company’s product line is the shitty bottle in which they pour most of their product. It reminds me of the crystal glasses that pile up on the shelves at Value Village.
We found it annoying that the bottle’s cover on the cap has no pull tab. Instead, you have to cut or wrestle with it.
IN THE GLASS
Alberta Premium 20 looks great in the glass with a rich old oak colouring and solid legs when you swirl it in your glass.
There is not much to the smell on this one. We’re not big fans of this BS about smelling a hint of this and a hint of that. The Talented Ivan Deveau thought it smelled like rubbing alcohol, whereas I could pick up the typical toffee notes overpowered by the aroma of good Alberta whisky.
Again, a lot of whisky reviewers say they taste things in a whisky I’ve never even heard of. For us, you can taste the rye, and you can taste vanilla and toffee.
The finish on this one is fairly long-lasting.