Alberta Premium Dark Horse
Alberta Distillers // Canada
The whisky is a blend of two 100% ryes, a 6 year old and a 12 year. To round out the edges (and because they are allowed to), about 8% bourbon and some sherry is added. Dark Horse is named in honor of a racehorse owned by Frank McMahon, a founder of Alberta Distillers. His dark coated stallion, Majestic Prince, just missed winning the Triple Crown by five lengths back in 1969. In April 2015, this product was released in the US as Alberta Rye Dark Batch Whisky. A name change was necessary in that market.
CanadianDISTILLED IN CANADA AND AGED IN BARRELS FOR AT LEAST THREE YEARS; OFTEN (BUT NOT ALWAYS) CANADIAN WHISKIES ARE BLENDS OF CORN, BARLEY, AND RYE WHISKIES WHICH WERE DISTILLED AND MATURED SEPARATELY. TRADITIONALLY, CANADIAN WHISKEY IS CALLED “RYE”, ALTHOUGH NO MINIMUM PERCENTAGE OF RYE-GRAIN WHISKY IS REQUIRED IN A BLEND.
Cask Typeused ex-bourbon, new charred American oak
"There is a pleasant savoriness coupled with sweetness that is quite enjoyable, like beef jerky dusted with brown sugar. Leather, vanilla, banana, and a bit of bitter dark chocolate are notes on the palate after the initial touch of sugar on the tongue. The rye is present on the mid-palate and comes back around on the finish. "