Orange amber color (identical to 90s release). A delicate nose, that is meadowey and grassy (can sense some of the rye). In the background I can pick out some trees and syrup. On the palate, sweet (but not as much as the 90s release) and grassy, but with a little bitter aftertaste. The rye notes are present, but not overpowering and not overly spicy. Oxygen really helps this one. Really cool to do the two releases side by side, because similair profiles are there, but nuanced differences that make it interesting. [3/7/13]
The nose on this has a strong rye, very reminiscent of the herbaceous rye notes on Whistlepig and the other Canadian straight ryes. Then some cocoa notes emerge. The palate is both drier and less aggressive on the rye than I expected with some brandy notes, cherries, chocolate and a more muted rye than the nose. The finish is the first time you get more traditional Canadian Whisky notes with some honey joining the rye spice.
This is a very nice whisky. It has the nice, spicy rye notes of the Canadian straight ryes but with more complexity.