Review No.93. Lot No.40

If you have read my reviews on rye influenced bourbons then you will know that I am not big fan of this type of flavour profile.  However, the reputation of Lot No.40 is so glowing amongst the whisky community that I had to give it a try in the hope that I would finally understand what is so great about rye.


Whisky: Lot No.40 Canadian Rye Whisky, 43%

Nose: Spice, pepper, cinnamon, candy, liquorice, grass

Taste: Tingling pepper spice, penny chews, fruit salad sweets, liquorice, tannins

Finish: Medium to long, pepper, liquorice and oak

Score: 2.5

Summary: I still don’t get what the big deal is about rye. We all have different preferences of course and there are many people that enjoy rye whiskies and the spicy pepper notes that come with it.  I liked the nose on this more than the taste and finish.  There isn’t anything complex about this and at the price of £30 I wasn’t expecting it to be. I would say this offers an alternative experience if you want to venture away from traditional bourbons or single malts. That can only be a good thing.


Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,

1 – not to my preference

2 – tastes fine but does not excite me

3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally

4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf

5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf


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