Alberta Premium 30 Year Old Limited Edition Whisky


Alberta Premium’s standard whisky does not offer a specific age statement, but each bottle is said to be aged at least five years. The nose note has the standard Canadian rye that is both sweet and sour, and it also has a rich caramel note. It has just a touch of spirit and some floral hints as well.

There is also a 25-year-old version of this whisky with oaky notes that are very clean, and this is the trademark of any Canadian whisky that is aged well. It also has black fruit elements that are rich, and this is not found in the 5-year-old standard version. This whisky version is also now sold out.

Their new limited edition version has had 30 years to age, and it has a significant nose breadth. It also offers a very elegant oaky fruitiness that is crisp.

The palates of each of these whiskys move in very different directions.

The standard whisky version offers a palate that has oranges, pith of grapefruit, citric zest and an impressive array of caramels and sweet spice.

The 25-year-old version has oaky notes that stand out from the very beginning. Note that these oaky notes are nothing like the disagreeable tannins that come about in a Scotch that has been aged for too long, and instead, are like the woody tones of the best, Grade C maple syrup from Quebec. Spice and peppers can be tasted on the tongue, with a follow-up of caramel and fruit.

Each of these are an amazing whisky in their own right, and the 30-year-old version offers an explosion of flavor. Interestingly enough, the 30-year-old whisky does not taste any more oaky than the younger 25-year-old does. It is also not as fruity or sweet. Both of these versions have an abundance of spice and cedar, but the older version is more clean, hot and lingers. The pitchiness comes in at 25 and is only hinted at. The workmanship of each of these is excellent, but interestingly enough, the 30-year-old is even better than the younger 25.

The following information will go into detail about the 30-year-old limited edition from Alberta Premium.

Alberta Premium 30 Year Old Limited Edition Whisky

As soon as the bottle is opened, the rich fruit and crisp oak nose is immediately apparent. The nose is extremely elaborate and quite expansive, and has notes on top of violets and berries that transition into plums and rye. There is a noticeable dance of a sweetness that is marshmallow-like that shows up alongside red cedar and pencil shavings. There is no one that can tell me that aging that is carried out very carefully won’t produce a whisky that is great. There’s a fruitiness that is sweet, before moving into the scent of cloves that moves forward. It’s quite noticeable that this whisky has been well crafted, not simply made, because of the rye notes of dust and porridge, with hints of plants, adhesive tape and liquid shoe polish.

An expert Scotch distiller by the name of Jim McEwan has stated that all whisky must be nosed for about 60 seconds per each year that a whisky has been aged. What showmanship that is. And it looks that he may be correct in his belief because of the evolving notes of cedar changing to balsam and the plums evolving into kiwi in this whisky’s nose.

The first sip is rather substantial because of the palate of vanilla pods, fruitiness, citric pith and butterscotch. There is a noticeable heat that is peppery that cuts through pine plank that is pitchy and assertive individual notes. There is a taste of butterscotch that blends into toffee that is cream, and at the same time, there is pepper and sparkling ginger with a sawdust with pine pitch and sawdust, too. There’s a grapefruit pith that is dry that is then supplanted for a short time by a dark chocolate that makes it feel hot and spicy. These flavors come about thanks to being aged in barrels that have been meticulously prepared. The fragility of this whisky is counterbalanced by the robust creaminess it offers. It is not uncommon for very old whisky to have unexpected flavors, and this whisky is no different in that it offers wet slate and motor oil blended in with the spices and fruit. I taste even more than that, but does there need to be more than what has been explained?

There is a long finish. There are lingering notes of pepper and cedar with grapefruit pith and a hint of sweetness and kiwi with a shellac-like flavor.

The empty glass offers quite a bit of wood shavings with dust, firewood, vanilla and strawberries.

Source – Davin de Kerpommeaux –