GSN Review: Alberta Premium

Alberta Distillers Ltd, one of the first distilleries to create a true 100% rye whisky, recently announced the introduction of their signature core expression, Alberta Premium to the U.S. for the first time. This stateside launch follows the successful relaunch of Alberta Premium Cask Strength Rye into the U.S. in 2021. The premium 100% Canadian rye whisky currently boasts the title of the No. 1 selling 100% rye whisky in the world, as outlined by IWSR global sales numbers, and Alberta Distillers was named Distillery of the Decade by the 2020 Canadian Whisky Awards.

Crafted and distilled in Calgary, Alberta, Alberta Premium is made from 100% Canadian prairie rye grains grown by local farmers. The grains are uniquely nourished by nutrient-dense, glacier-fed spring water from the surrounding Rocky Mountains. 

“We were thrilled by the response to our re-introduction of cask strength rye whisky to the U.S. last year, and this year we wanted to offer U.S. fans the opportunity to get their hands on the liquid we’re best known for,” remarked George Teichroeb, General Manager of Alberta Distillers. “Alberta Premium showcases exactly what true Canadian rye whisky can be, and we’re proud to continue the tradition of producing the gold standard for Canadian spirits and using 100% rye grains to craft this distinguished liquid.”

GSN’s Remarks: A lighter, Canadian-styled rye, that still has plenty of spice. At first, the flavor seem subdued, but after several seconds, the body opens up and the zippy rye does a tarantela on the tongue. This is followed by notes of cinnamon candy (red hots), and a subtle smoky sweetness. For a pure rye, you can’t go wrong with the price point here. A friendly and easy on the pocketbook whiskey. We like this in a Manhattan or Old Fashioned. GSN Rating: B+

For more information go to: Alberta Distillers


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