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Odd Society Spirits Prospector Rye (Batch 1, 2018)

46% ABV - British Columbia, Canada

Nose: Ladies and gentlemen, this is a rye whisky. Clove, cinnamon, baking spices… overall it is quite pleasant with some floral notes, vanilla, and wood spices in the background.

Taste: Brown sugar, baking spices, and tea leaves resting together in an old hope chest.

Finish: Lasting spices with a hint of menthol.

I’m not a connoisseur of rye whiskies so I admittedly had to review some other tasting notes to help guide me through what I was tasting. No shame there though! That’s essentially how I developed the vocabulary that I’ve used in every review. With some "genres" like peated whisky I’ve read hundreds of reviews and tasted hundreds of whiskies… I think this is the first 100% rye whisky that I’ve purchased!

I really don’t prefer rye whisky… at least on its own. Throw it in a rocks glass with ice, simple syrup, bitters with a twist of orange and a cocktail cherry? Yes, I like the Old Fashioneds.

Odd Society Spirits Prospector is the rye whisky which I’ll be comparing others to for quite a while—I feel like this is a good baseline rye whisky to collaborate my rye palate with. These are numbered batches (not sure how large) and I’m sure it’s already become more refined as this particular bottle was released back in 2018!

Details & Tasting Notes (Official): Prospector is 100% Northern BC rye, transformed into liquid, steam, and back again. It is then coaxed into new, heavily charred American White Oak barrels. With a heady nose of brown sugar, dried prune, vanilla and oak, this full-bodied rye melts on the tongue into light spice and stone fruit notes, leaving with a crisp, dry finish like crackling leaves.

Tasted 04 November 2021. (Posted 07 June 2022.)

80/100
Detailed Rating Information...

90+: Fantastic whisky; highly recommended. My favourite whiskies. I might have more than one bottle if the price is right and the supply is limited! The higher values in this range will reflect a stronger balance and consistency between components.
85-89: Great whisky; recommended. Whiskies that really tick the flavour boxes and you'll likely hear about these from me. Good purchase decision—I would consider buying again.
80-84: Very good whisky; recommended, but still consider trying before you buy. Anything is this range or above I would order at a restaurant or make a calculated purchase decision.
75-79: Good whisky; consider trying before you buy. These are whiskies that I enjoyed drinking, but likely would reach for another bottle from the shelf or select something different to order.
65-74: Average; consider trying before you buy, but not recommended. There is nothing that stood out about this whisky and I might be inclined to add ice, mix it with soda, or use it in a cocktail, instead of trying to enjoy its own flavours.
50-64: Bad; not recommended.


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