Discover the differences between Alberta Premium vs Lot No. 40 in this in-depth comparison and decide which Whisky is better for You!
Alberta Premium Rye Whisky
|Nose||Peppermint, baking spice, vanilla|
|Palate||Rye spice, caramel, baking spice, peppermint|
|Finish||Medium, rye spice, peppermint|
|Alcohol content||80 proof (40% ABV)|
|How to drink||Rocks, cocktails|
|Similar to||Canadian Club, Forty Creek|
The nose is high in a peppermint bubble gum note at first followed, by cinnamon, nutmeg, along some vanilla note.
On the palate, Alberta Premium has a decent body as it does not feel as watery as the typical Canadian Whisky providing a good mouthfeel.
Flavor hits with moderate rye spice and caramel, giving way to cinnamon, nutmeg and peppermint, along the grassy note typical of rye whiskey.
The finish has a medium length, with smooth rye spice, along more peppermint and a dash of oak spice.
This whiskey is surprisingly good for its price, not earth-shattering or memorable, yet provides some complexity and some good flavors and an easy drinker providing a satisfying experience.
A good whiskey when in the mood for a smooth Old Fashioned or Manhattan.
Alberta Premium facts:
- Made using an 100% rye mash bill.
- Produced at the Alberta Distillery in Calgary, Canada.
Lot No. 40 Canadian Rye
|Nose||Grass, mint, clove, honey|
|Palate||Caramel, vanilla, spice, mint, grass|
|Finish||Long, spice, orange, rubber|
|Alcohol content||86 proof (43% ABV)|
|How to drink||Rocks, cocktails|
|Similar to||Bulleit Rye, Crown Royal|
The nose hits with the grassy and minty notes typical of rye whiskey, along a bit of clove and honey.
On the palate, the Lot No. 40 has a medium body providing a decent mouthfeel. Flavor is smooth and sweet as it hits with a caramel/vanilla combo at first, followed by mint, cinnamon, cardamom and clove.
The finish lingers for longer than expected, with no warmth on the way down, with notes of orange, a bit of rye spice, oak spice and a bit of rubber.
The Lot No. 40 is a smooth and easy drinker, with no burn or off-putting notes. Drinks nicely by adding water, on the rocks, although I feel it lacks the rye spice punch and warmth to make tasty cocktails.
Lot No. 40 facts:
- This whiskey is 100% rye (90% Canadian rye and 10% malted rye).
- Distilled in a single 12,000 liter copper pot-still.
- Does not provide an age statement but is aged for around 3 years.
- Crafted at the Hiram Walker Distillery in Windsor, Ontario.
- The Hiram Walker Distillery is owned by Paris-based Pernod Ricard who holds big household names such as Glenlivet and Chivas Regal.
What do Alberta Premium and Lot No. 40 have in common?
These whiskies are 100% rye
Most of the rye whiskeys you know are “barely legal” as they are made from a mash comprised of just 51% rye which is the minimum required to be labeled as such.
Other whiskeys like the Bulleit Rye or Templeton Rye are made from a mash 95% making them more spicy.
What makes Alberta Premium and Lot No. 40 not only similar but uncommon is that they are made from a mash entirely made from rye.
Rye provides a distinctive spicy flavor, along notes of mint and grass and makes a better option than bourbon for cocktails as the spice makes cocktails more interesting.
Alberta Premium vs Lot No. 40: Price comparison
Prices are approximate and stated in USD:
|Lot No. 40||$40|
Alberta Premium vs Lot No. 40: Which is better?
Lot No. 40 is a better sip
|Whiskey||Alberta Premium||Lot No. 40|
- These Canadian whiskies are quite similar although the Lot No. 40 feels a bit more robust and tasty providing a better sip.
- Given the lofty price differential between the two I would prefer using the Alberta Premium to make smooth cocktails.
- Alberta Premium provides great value for the money, a smooth and sweet taste and a great option if you are curious about 100% rye whiskey.
I am a bar and liquor shop owner in Oaxaca, Mexico where I have tasted hundreds of different spirits; perhaps more than I should!