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