I'm a whiskey fan. To be more specific, I'm a single malt scotch fan. The only problem, however, is that scotch is damn expensive. Especially for us Canadians. An everyday drinking scotch, which would cost $40 in the US, is nearly double the price in Canada. It's crazy.
I'm still in the early stages of my boozy quest, but so far my favourite dram is Knob Creek's Straight Rye Whiskey. The distillery, located in Kentucky, specializes in small batch whiskeys and offers four different types, most of which are aged for nine years. I've tried their Straight Kentucky Whiskey, and it was good, but their Rye Whiskey takes it up a notch. Oddly enough, it's also the only one of Knob Creek's whiskeys that doesn't contain an age statement; instead, it's "patiently aged", whatever that means. I will admit that this made me a bit skeptical, but it was unwarranted.
The dram is golden amber in colour, with a spicy, oak nose. It has peppery rye palate, which is strong at first, but quickly mellows to a nice toffee finish. The whole experience reminded me of relaxing at the lake and watching the sun set, as my dinner cooks over an open fire. Delightful indeed.
While slightly above my "everyday whiskey" price range ($54 at my local LCBO), Knob Creek's Straight Rye Whiskey is worth the extra $14. This is a fantastic whiskey that would make any single malt scotch snob reconsider their allegiances.
Final Grade - 9 out of 10