Some more Canadian: Masterson’s 10 yo straight Rye

So, I’m back from a few whisky loaded days over at Maltstock. it was amazing as ever, and you can expect some posts detailing the more interesting stuff that went over there, but until I gather enough willpower and energy to write a long post, here are notes from a long due Canadian whisky. Thanks to DDK I was able to taste yet another fine example of Canadian goodness. if you want to read more history and in depth information about Masterson’s check out Davin’s excellent site.

Masterson’s 10 yo straight Rye  , 45%, $109(LCBO)mastersons-rye-image-300x300

Nose: Thick rye, very perfumed. Linseed. Gentle leather caramel and dry tobacco leaves. Dark tea and cumin. Vanilla too. It’s very spicy earthy and deep.

Palate: Earthy vanilla with linseed. Grapefruit pith. Spices. Pepper. Floral too. With a hint of tobacco cinnamon and cumin.

Finish : Dry. Grapefruit pith and spices.

This is a nice and rather complex dram, with lovely Grapefruit notes, as well as earthy feel to it. Much more complex than I had anticipated it to be. Very nice! Jim Murray gave it 96.5 in his 2013 bible, but I know it really means nothing, like many of his questionable marks. It’s very good no doubt, yet not over 90 in my book anyways.

Score: 86/100

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