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Masterson’s 10-Year-Old Rye Review

Distiller: Alberta Distilling Co, Producer: 35 Maple St. 45% ABV. Mashbill: 100% rye. Price: $70-80.

When Mark Bylok — author of the excellent book The Whisky Cabinet and host of The Whisky Topic podcast — recommends you try a whisk(e)y, there’s going to be a good reason.

Masterson’s 10-year-old rye is sourced from Alberta Distillers, the same house that initially provided all of Whistlepig’s juice. Masterson’s is also bottled in the U.S. — in this case, by Sonoma, CA-based 35 Maple St. Between its $80 retail price and the rather silly marketing about buffalo hunter and wild man Bill “Bat” Masterson, I started out skeptical.

But as always, the proof is in the bottle. And it’s delicious.

Sweet honeyed nose along with a strong familiar rye note from the 100% rye recipe — but not biting. The age helped. Rounded palate that moderates the sweetness with citrus, tobacco, and a dry, somehow grown-up Chardonnay note at the end. I kept thinking, “This is what I want Canadian whisky to taste like!”

This would be an easy daily drinker for me — especially in the summer — were it not for the premium price. $80 is awfully steepĀ given what else is on the market. I’ve heard rumors it can be found at Costco for $50, which seems more appropriate.

But if you’re a rye fan and see it out, definitely try a dram. Thanks for the tip, Mark! – BO

Buy Masterson’s 10-Year-Old Rye online at Mash + Grape