wpid-img_20150301_195210.jpgThis weekend we had a wonderful time at a beer and cheese pairing event hosted by the always lovely Gladstone Hotel.

While there I noticed a unique bottle of Rye sitting on the shelf along with all the standard whiskies. It was completely clear with a very simple white label.

When I saw that it was a Dillon’s product I had to give it a try.

You see, I’ve heard of Dillon’s but had yet to try it and being the adventurous type I try basically everything I discover.

Dillon’s is a micro distillery based out of Beamsville, Ontario. They’ve only been distilling since 2012, meaning it’s still not possible for them to have a ‘true’ Canadian whisky. The rule is that a Canadian whiskey must be aged for at least 3 years. But this rye is about Canadian as you can get without following those rules.

This ‘distillation’ is made with 100% rye. 10% of which is malted, the rest being unmalted. 100% of the grain is from Canada and since they don’t age it, you’re tasting the grain alone without any barrel notes to hide it. Some say this is a purists drink, other’s say it is a way to get around aging.

I should note that the first two tasting notes you’ll see below are incredibly misleading.

You can pick up a bottle of Dillon’s The White Rye at various LCBO’s. The ABV sits at 40% and a bottle costs $37.95.

Appearance: Completely clear. Looks like water or vodka.

Aroma: Very pungent. Some cinnamon, hint of anise.

Taste: Surprisingly sweet and smooth. More cinnamon, vanilla, chocolate and a bit of banana. It has a nice spiciness that comes from the rye.

Aftertaste: Almost none to speak of. A bit of sweetness.

Kole McRae

Founder of Toronto Booze Hound. He can be seen drinking almost anything in the wild from beer to rum. Try not to startle him, he may use humour as a self defence method.

Email: kole@torontoboozehound.com