Alberta 30-year-old

Overall rating
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Alberta Premium
Stated Age
30 years old
Charred Oak Casks
40.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Bottle code
L1 076AD1 0045 0834
Added on
17 Jan 2012 2:24 am

Average value

€ 50,00

6 × in wishlist

19 × member ratings

27 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Alberta 30-year-old

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.35 points

  1. ScotchGuyTO scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Empty Glass:  This is where the oak shows through!  Oiled oak (like in an old library filled with wood shelves), burnt toffee and baked applesauce.  There is a  charred cherry wood note present that offers a slight hint of sweet and sour to the glass. Again notes of aged grains (think farm silos), and at the very end there are notes of butter (like fresh butter), and oak sawdust.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Incredible depth!  Deep oak, butter cream icing, heavy cream, hints of motor oil (that sour and heavy, almost grease note), ground flax, aged rye grains (like the smell of aging grains in a silo), dried apricots, and fresh plums.  As this is an older lady, she will take a lot of time to open up and the nose will benefit from settling in the glass over some time.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Thin and subtle to start, almost seemingly reserved.  The flavours and scents are soft and interwoven through the spirit.  Gentle violets and flowery notes begin to appear as the whiskey opens up.  Then it almost hits a tipping point, and pours out of the gates!  The motor oil scent comes back as a base note with wafts of dill and green herbs, oily nuts (think Brazil nuts), worked oak (like a wood shop), and buckwheat honey.  Vanilla now takes the supporting note of the background while HP sauce (yeah, seriously), ripe plums and sawdust, hints of clove and dried ginger, white cedar wood, and baked oats (like crumble topping).  Oddly enough I also seem to find  that the HP sauce element compliments the violet notes and buckwheat honey flavours in the body.  The complexity and depth seems to go on forever!  I believe that this is one of those whiskies that would keep developing for an hour or two, but I can never seem to keep enough in my glass to last that long
    • Finish
      89 89
      Wow!  This is long and drawn out; much like a Stanley Kubrick film - it's drawn out to force the watcher to pay attention to the subtle details.  Subtle oak and caramel are woven through the finish.  Notes of burnt toast and charred cherry wood.  Hints of cracked pepper, burnt sugar and roasted rye are peppered across the palette.  There is an enduring warmth and oiliness that coats the mouth and throat, making the finish go on forever and ever.

  2. Przemyslaw Kopanczyk scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      8,7 Słodka, lekko ostra z nutą wanilii, orzecha, zboża, kakao i kwiatów
      polnych ze szczyptą białego pieprzu oraz czerwonej słodkiej papryki.
    • Taste
      8,8 Rozgrzewająca, delikatnie kwaśna z nutą jeżyny, dębu, ananasa, wanilii, zboża i miodu z akcentem mięty cytrynowej.
    • Finish
      8,8 Dość długi, pikantny, słodki z nutami imbiru, orzecha, śliwki, jabłka oraz zboża z odrobiną marcepanu i ziela angielskiego.

  3. paddockjudge scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    One time release of 8,400 bottles.

  4. dicembre29 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Alberta Premium 30 y.o.

    40% abv

    Score: 93/100

    I did an about face on this one. Not that I didn’t initially like it,quite the contrary actually, but I was quite certain that the earlier limited release of the 25 year old was better. Hmmm…not so sure about that one now. As brilliant as the 25 was, I think this actually pips it.

    Rumour has it that in the days following the release of the 25, the remaining old stock was recasked and left to mellow for a few more seasons. I questioned the decision to shift mature spirit from its familiar ol’ home into casks that would likely be a lot more active. Would this lead to too much young oak influence?

    Nup. Not a worry. The result was quite the opposite really. It was the fruits that were reinvigorated, like a date with a defibrillator. What we end up with is a little more bottled magic from Alberta Distillers.

    Word of the 30 year old’s pending release came to us early on when a few of The Collective were granted the opportunity to spend a few hours at the distillery. We were asked to keep hush hush, and of course had to respect that. Tough one though. Following on the heels of the stellar 25, expectations were high. Zipping the lip was a formidable obligation.

    The wait was well worth it however. Here we have the oldest 100% rye whiskey I know of, and what a treat it is.

    The nose manages to impress as both older and younger than the 25. How is that possible? Cherry and orange, maybe a whiff of ruby grapefruit are second only to the pine-fresh woodiness. Familiar smells of a dunnage warehouse. There are faint char notes, almost as in a recharred cask. Pleasant…adding a degree of sophistication and hinting at the depth here. The characteristic spice notes found in rye are warm and familiar. Vanilla pod and clove right up front and something quite unique here as well: there is a pancake syrup (treacle for my friends o’erseas) we buy occasionally that is cinnamon flavored. The mix of butter, cinnamon and maple syrup is niftily captured here. Great nose.

    The palate…mature, smoky, waxy and oaky. In essence…tasting of all those charming subtleties that only develop through the patience of letting a cask mellow in the warehouse. A smidge of tart citrus. And again…back to the rich cloves. The fade is oak and grapefruit.

    Man, this is a great distillery. I only wish they had the confidence to try a little experimentation. With a spirit this good, I can only imagine the possibilities, and dare to dream of the heights they could reach. Imagine…this in a refill sherry butt? At cask strength?




  5. markjedi1 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Well, this was nice! If it were bottled at a higher strength, this might
    even be one of the best Canadians I have tried. And not even 50 EUR for a 30
    Year Old blend? Wow. Merci, Jean-Francois, pour envoyer ce whiskey à la
    • Nose
      The nose is very aromatic with a lot of vanilla, peppers and rye, wild
      flowers (mostly violets and roses), a lot of oak and some woodsmoke. Then some
      breakfast cereals and dark chocolate emerge. This is very appetising.
    • Taste
      Silky soft and nevertheless robust, that is the best way to describe the
      palate. A light bitterness from the oak. All kinds of dark fruits are supported
      by a plethora of spices. This is what you would call a rye driven whiskey. Vanilla
      and honey are present, as is some liquorice. Something dusty gives it a nice
      depth. The violets return in full force.
    • Finish
      While the finish is rather short, sweet and drying, it remains very
      spicy which is a good thing.


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