Alberta Dark Batch Rye Whiskey (750ml)

SKU #1202649 Whisky Advocate

 The U.S.-released Dark Batch is, if not the same whisky as the Canadian-released Dark Horse (both from Alberta Distillers), a very close cousin. It is dark; it’s 1% sherry, which brings the intense dried fruit notes along with cedar and a bright, pleasantly musky note. More Canadians should break the 80 proof barrier: this booms into the mouth, throwing wood, cereal, fruit, and sunshine around. Good to sip, bold in a cocktail, holds its own on ice, nice price. (Summer 2015)

K&L Notes

The Dark Batch Alberta rye whiskey from Beam Suntory is here at last, utilizing stocks from the long-owned, but rarely-marketed-in-the-states whiskey from Alberta distillers. You like Whistle Pig? This whiskey comes from the same place. It's 6 year old pot still rye whiskey, aged in new oak like American whiskey, mixed with 12 year old whiskey aged in used barrels for a total of 91% Rye Whiskey, then blended with 8% Jim Beam Kentucky Bourbon. Sounds pretty interesting right? Now imagine adding a splash of sherry to the mix and you've got one of the most compelling new products on the market. For the price it's a no brainer. Bold, peppery, classic rye flavor with enough richness to sip neatly. Add some ice or mix into a Manhattan. You can't beat this for the price. The Canadian flood gates are opening and things are now really starting to get interesting.

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Price: $27.99

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Alcohol Content (%): 45