Head-to-Head: Lot 40 Cask Strength 11yr (2018) vs Lot 40 Cask Strength 12yr (2017) Review

If you have been paying any attention, the original Lot 40 Cask Strength 12yr was the darling of Canadian whisky releases last year. A well priced, cask strength 100% rye that was widely available. Also helps it was bloody delicious.

I would like to thank Corby/Wiser’s who provided the sample of Lot 40 cask strength 11 year, the bottle of the 12 year I purchased last year. I try my best to not allow the nature or source of the pour influence my review.

This year it is followed up by a slightly younger version with a slightly higher ABV. Let us see how they compare.

Lot 40 Cask Strength 11yr (2018)

  • 11 years
  • Virgin oak casks
  • 100% rye
  • 58.4% ABV

Nose: Cinnamon, oak, caramel, pepper, clove, apple, earthy. Spicier than the 12 yr

Palate: Big punch of rye spices, clove, cinnamon, pepper, caramel, cinnamon heart candies. Oak, barrel char. Vanilla

Finish: Long. Vanilla, cinnamon, mint, oak, caramel. Drying on the tail end.

Score: 87.5

Spice heavy, more oak. Less herbal/orange. If you like traditional, big, bold ryes you will like this more.

Lot 40 Cask Strength 12yr (2017)

  • 12 years
  • 100% rye
  • 55% ABV
  • Virgin oak casks

Nose: Herbal, vanilla, sweet, oak, dill, orange peel, clove and apple. Sweeter, lighter, more herbal.

Palate: Herbal, apple, clove, oak, black tea, orange peel, pepper.

Finish: Oak, black tea, cinnamon, brown sugar, vanilla, orange peel, herbal.

Much lighter in terms of spice and oak. Less vanilla/barrel char, more herbal in profile.

Score: 89



Overall, these are two amazing ryes from Wiser’s. Which you will prefer will come down to personal preference and what type of spice profile you look for in a rye.

2 thoughts on “Head-to-Head: Lot 40 Cask Strength 11yr (2018) vs Lot 40 Cask Strength 12yr (2017) Review

  1. Not a comment on this H2H, but on a Reddit review from August 2018, #92 Rendezvous Rye Barrel Select from Supermarket Liquor in Niagara NY. The sample supplier said the bottle was not finished, but actually this was a 2017 pick that was finished in Hungarian Oak for 3 months. I had a bottle previously. They still have bottles in stock but the sticker noting the cask finish is not on them. I picked up 2 bottles recently at $72 ea. Cad all in (did not have to pay duty and they are on sale), I asked if they had any stickers with the cask finish notes but they could not find any.
    Thought I would pass this on and maybe if you had a connection down there you get get them to mule it to you. Cheers and your review was solid.


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