This centuries-old whisky recipe is the kind of drink they served up when Ontario was still known as Upper Canada.
There’s so much deserving whisky at the LCBO these days, we practically had to draw straws to determine the order of this fall’s Hoarding Alerts. Today’s lucky winner is Lot No. 40, although, looking at the current deluge of drinking options, it’s hard not to conclude that we, the public, are the real winners.
Especially now that we have Lot No. 40, which draws on history by resurrecting an old recipe from one Joshua Booth, who was distilling whisky in Ontario back when it was still called Upper Canada. Seven generations later, his descendent, Mike Booth, liked the family business (and recipe) so much, he brought it back to life in the 1990s. It didn’t do so well then, but since everything from pioneer days seems to be in style again, this small-batch copper pot whisky is back on the shelves—for a limited time only.
Looking back to the past seems to be the wave of the future for spirits in general, and Hiram Walker, which brought back Lot No. 40, has been doing a good job of it lately, having recently produced the award-winning Wiser’s Red Letter and Wiser’s Legacy. Not to mention Hiram Walker Whipped Cream Imitation Liqueur.
The new release of Lot No. 40 has been widely anticipated and, we’re happy to say, the 2012 batch is worth the wait. With challenging and esoteric sour rye flavours, it’s light years away from some of those bland, blended concoctions we used to associate with Canadian whisky. It’s definitely got real character.
So even though it can be hard to choose what to drink at the moment—what, with our being spoiled for choice at the LCBO—make this one a priority, given its limited run. There looks to be roughly 300 bottles in Toronto at the moment and, who knows, that might be all we get this year.
Lot No. 40, LCBO 291468. $39.90.