Lot 40 Single Pot Still Canadian Rye Whisky (750ml)

SKU #1151223 97 points Wine Enthusiast

 This full-bodied blended whisky hits all the right notes, starting with plenty of rich caramel and oak tones on the nose and palate, plus touches of butterscotch, spicy cinnamon and clove. It finishes long, slightly oily and mouthfilling. Sip it straight or add a splash of sweet vermouth.  (11/2015)

K&L Notes

Voted Canadian Whisky of the Year by the Whisky Advocate, Lot 40 is considered by many to be the quintessential Canadian rye whisky, garnering heaps of praise and a cult-like following. Distilled by Hiram Walker, now run by Pernod Ricard, it was briefly discontinued in the early 2000s, which set off a Pappy-esque manhunt by consumers who knew of its excellence (not in CA, however, where we were deprived of its presence). Now that it's been relaunched by Pernod, we're lucky enough to start getting a healthy supply in the U.S. It's clear after tasting it why the Lot 40 has the reputation it has. The flavors of rye are unbelievably pure, while the palate remains soft and creamy underneath. It moves from rye bread into a peppery note so intense that it almost transcends into sweet citrus before finishing rich and floral. It's the most exciting rye we've seen hit the shelves in more than year. We think it's going to be a HUGE hit. Esteemed Canadian whisky writer Davin de Kergommeaux calls it "a contemporary masterpiece, seven generations in the making. This is one powerfully flavorful whisky that boldly mingles the galvanizing piquancy of distilled rye grain with the soaring floral fragrance of malted rye, and a fruitiness that comes with age." We call it the best rye whiskey we've tasted since stalwarts like Sazerac 18 and older Willett bottles became dreams rather than reality. This is can't-miss stuff. This is the kind of whiskey where you buy three bottles rather than one.

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By: Mike Barber | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/20/2014 | Send Email
Now that's some good drinkin'! This rye is rich and delicious, with vanilla and chocolate notes over classic rye leather and cracked pepper--perfect on its own or for all your Manhattan needs. Not as sweet as some of the LDI stuff coming out of Indiana, not as dry as some of 100% rye Rittenhouse styled whiskeys in our store--it's just right.
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By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/20/2014 | Send Email
Unctuous and rich, this Canadian Rye packs in an intriguing array of flavors that stays true to the character of the grain. Style-wise, it skews to the sweeter side of things, with a fat mid-palate, and a supple, seamless texture. This is definitely the best new addition to the--of recent days--rather un-crowded field of contemplative, sipping Rye Whiskeys that I've had occasion to sample.

By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/17/2014 | Send Email
A wonderful addition to the rye selection at K&L. It is bright, tasty and fun to drink. The Lot 40 is complex with layers of spice flavors, a long finish and a hint of vanilla. Easy to drink and easy to enjoy.

By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/15/2014 | Send Email
All the spice and flash of Rye that I love, with a vanilla, caramel, clove and cigarbox undernote with a soft, sweet finish. AWESOME!

By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/15/2014 | Send Email
Like other "American" rye whiskies, such as Whistle Pig, Masterson's, and Jefferson's, the Lot 40 showcases more of that great Canadian-distilled rye whiskey backstock. I was blown away by this whisky when I tasted it. Then I read Davin de Kergommeaux's amazing review and learned about the story behind the brand. This has been one of the most talked about whiskies by Canadian and European collectors for years. For the entire back story, check out Davin's post here: http://www.canadianwhisky.org/reviews/lot-no-40-2012-release-43-alcvol.html

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/15/2014 | Send Email
Great rye whiskey is not easy to come by at any price and great Canadian rye is even harder to find. This Lot 40 is clearly the best rye in the store and one of the best that I have tasted in a decade. With a wonderful bouquet of Christmas spice and a complex array of flavors, this Canadian will please the pickiest of whiskey fans. The fact that it still comes across as easy going and moreish even with the wild rye flavor and layers of complexity made a big impression on me. I will make room in my cabinet!

By: Keith Wollenberg | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/15/2014 | Send Email
This is one of the best Ryes I have tasted in years. It starts with a slightly fruity nose, then moves to a note like a sourdough rye bread I used to bake. On the palate it is subtle and balanced, with a note of candied Kumquats on the finish. The only experience like it I have had was when tasting a bottle of Prohibition Canadian Rye Whisky I found in a secret cupboard at my Grandfather's house in San Francisco in the mid 1970's, with the notation on the bottle that it could be dispensed only for medicinal purposes. The combination of malted rye and rye yields a focused, delicious dram. Miss this and you will be sorry.

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Alcohol Content (%): 43