Best American Rye 2020 - World Whisky Awards
As always, Lot 40 is made from 100% rye grain and aged in new oak barrels. This year’s Cask Strength release was initially aged in new American Oak barrels, with 75% of the whisky then being finished in new French Oak barrels to bring added depth and complexity. This imbues the whisky with notes of apple and honey, in addition to the characteristic rye spice and dried fruit notes that Lot 40 is known for.
"The rye spices are still there in full force, but they are polished. An exciting contrast develops on the palate between grassy rye, floral notes, vanilla, rye bread and bold oak to shape every sip. The rye spices step aside, allowing the heavy wood to do powerlifting. We’re talking entire oak trees put through a juicer — a fine addition to an essential series." - Blair Phillips, Distiller