Lot 40 Cask Strength 12 Year is the 100% rye Canadian Whiskey from the Northern Borders Rare Collection, sometimes called Canada’s BTAC. This 12 year rye is from the 2017 release, and just like BTAC, each year’s release is made in small batches so the age and proof vary. In the US, we really only get the regular Lot 40 that clocks in at 43% alcohol, as well as endless waves of Canadian Club, Crown Royal, and generally run-of-the-mill whiskey. Canada is really trying to keep all the good stuff for themselves, but then again we do the same in the US.
Even though this is Canadian, Lot 40 Cask Strength is made in a similar fashion to American-made rye whiskeys: with at least 51% rye, double distilled, and aged in oak barrels. Unlike a growing number of American-made whiskey, from my understanding Canadian Whiskey is infrequently sold at cask strength, so this sample of Lot 40 Cask Strength is a unique treat. I don’t know a ton about Canadian whiskey, but the most important things are how it smells and tastes, so time to dive nose-first into this Lot 40 Cask Strength 12 Year rye whiskey review.
*Thanks to Joe T. for providing this sample.