Alberta Premium Cask Strength Rye Returns To American Shelves

By Gary Carter / November 4, 2021

Alberta Distillers, named the Distillery of the Decade by the 2020 Canadian Whisky Awards, recently announced it is releasing the 2021 version of its Alberta Premium Cask Strength Rye Whisky into the U.S. market.

Rolling out now as a limited time offering, this expression features Alberta Distillers’ 100% rye, a notoriously difficult grain to work with, the distillers noted.

Made in Calgary, Alberta, the cask strength whisky is made with 100 percent Canadian prairie rye grains grown by local farmers and nutrient-dense, glacier-fed spring water from the Rocky Mountains.

Alberta Premium Cask Strength Rye Whisky

Alberta Premium Cask Strength Rye Whisky (image via Alberta Distillers)

“Following the success of Alberta Premium Cask Strength Rye’s debut in the U.S. last year, we are thrilled to offer stateside whisky drinkers the limited 2021 release of our award-winning whisky,” said George Teichroeb, general manager of Alberta Distillers in a prepared statement. “When Alberta Premium debuted in 1958, we were one of the first distilleries to create a true 100 percent rye whisky, and this cask strength rye is the culmination of our hard work and dedication to crafting exceptional rye whisky.”

The 2020 release of the cask strength rye garnered many awards, including Double Gold at the 2020 and 2021 San Francisco World Spirits Competitions, Double Gold at the 2021 SIP Awards, Best All Rye Whisky at the 2021 Canadian Whisky Awards and 1st Place Best Canadian Whisky at the 2021 International Whisky Competition.

Packaged in a faceted glass bottle, Alberta Premium Cask Strength Rye is limited with a suggested retail price of $74.99 for a 750ml bottle. Official tasting notes are below.

  • Proof: 63-67%
  • Taste: Notes of caramel, vanilla and a hint of chocolate balanced with the spiciness of rye and black currant.
  • Finish: Smooth and lingering with the complexity of spice, warm vanilla, and dark fruit.

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