alberta premium 100% rye grain

Alberta premium 100% rye grain

A young, bright, inexpensive expression of rye spice. Easily passed by, looks unimpressive, almost an offensive, lazy visual presentation. After tasted, though, you’ll know the one to reach for. Marketing, eh?

Rye as a grain is like a ramones concert on your palate.
The younger the age, like the ramones, the more chaotic it can be. Think of it; hey ho! Lets go!
Fast, hard and edgy. Not smooth, loud and almost a little painfull, this is unnerving, just like a ramones show. The flavor tosses itself across the palate, pricks at the tongue and thrashes flavor like a mosh pit. With a little age(hey little girl, I wanna be your boyfriend), it matures and slows down. Becomes full bodied and melodical. More on that later.

Alc. 40%
Bottle: 70’s decanter style cylinder like a built in non slip grip

Nose:
After being in the glass for forty five minutes, its still quite a closed nose. Oatmeal cookies, spirit, isopropyl and very little oak to speak of. There might be a little rosemary hiding in there. A gentle warming with the hand brings out the oatmeal and baked goods in the nose, but keep in mind, you have to look for it.

Palate:
jumpy, bright, hard, prickly, flinty and expressive. Theres no fooling here, its young rye. I get a little oatmeal, but a lot of baked goods as well as baking spice, then theres some artificial mint to finish the ride with a nice medium finish. This is rye, untamed.

Please note:
This rye is only five years old, unlike the bottle which looks like its getting hooked up to life support. I let my final glasses for tasting sit out for forty five minutes to let them evolve. It knocked off the hard edges, and things smoothed out a bit, and sweetens. I haven’t tried the elderly A.P. products, but dark horse is a complete knock out compared to this. I think this suits ginger ale quite nicely.

overall:
Good, but needs a little growing up. I don’t see what all the fuss is about.

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