Alberta Premium Cask Strength Rye 132 proof Canadian Whiskey 750mL
Alberta Premium Cask Strength named “World Whisky of the Year” by Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2021
TORONTO, September 16, 2020 – Alberta Premium Cask Strength has been named “World Whisky of the Year” by Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2021. Made and distilled in Calgary, Alberta, the spirit boasts 100% prairie rye mash bills and Rocky Mountain water, resulting in a liquid that is a true reflection of Canadian pride and craftsmanship. This distinction is the third to be received by Beam Suntory in the past seven years, with Booker’s Rye Whiskey (awarded in 2017) and Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask (awarded in 2015) also attaining this best-in-class ranking.
“It is such an honor to be named World Whisky of the Year by Jim Murray and we are thrilled for our Alberta Distillers team,” said Albert Baladi, President & CEO, Beam Suntory. “To receive this prestigious honor is a testament to the team’s dedication and passion for crafting a premium spirit of the highest quality, and comes as at a time of Canadian whisky resurgence around the world.”
After being tasted alongside more than 1,252 whiskies in this year’s judging, Alberta Premium Cask Strength was noted by Jim Murray as “a succulence to the oils, balanced perfectly by ulmo and manuka honeys ensure for the most chewable Canadian mouthful possibly ever….and yet this is constantly salivating, from the very first nanosecond …Truly world-class whisky from possibly the world’s most underrated distillery. How can something be so immense yet equally delicate? For any whisky lover on the planet looking for huge but nearly perfectly balanced experience, then here you go. And with rye at its most rampantly beautiful, this is something to truly worship.”
Tasting Notes From The Whiskey Wash: Alberta Premium Cask Strength Rye
Vital Stats: 132 proof, 66% ABV. 100% rye grain and aged at least five years.
Appearance: Bronze with a touch of amber. In the glass, the legs were slow to emerge and pretty far spaced.
Nose: Hot, hot, hot! After airing out the glencairn glass for a moment, I was able to pick up some citrus up front, but there was another element that took a few minutes to place a name to. After looking through cabinets and whatnot, I found it. In the background there’s a bit of Earl Grey tea to the nose.
Palate: There’s a lot going on with this one. However, the first impression is of sweet honey notes, hot, with a touch of spice. Digging a bit deeper, there are elements of lemon and orange zest. It’s definitely rich, but also bright with the citrus components, and just enough earth in the finish.