Sour rye bread complements the ripe Bartlett pears, warmed honey, rich vanilla, and slight floral notes. Heavy rye spices and white pepper unites with roasted walnuts, English Toffee, and subtle dark fruits.
Inspiration to produce Lot No. 40
Rye grain produces a bold and spicy whisky; many rye whiskies dial down those attributes by using a mash bill of mixed grains or by stripping out those notes through column distillation. Lot No. 40 is crafted specifically to showcase these key characteristics. We make it one batch at a time in a single copper pot still to preserve the fruity, floral notes that result from fermentation and showcase the heavy notes of rye bread and baking spices that come from the grain.
Values behind Lot No. 40
Lot No.40 captures the essence of rye, which has long been used as the flavour backbone of Canadian whisky. Rye grain produces a spicy and bold whisky, and Lot No. 40 is crafted to highlight those flavours. By pot distilling, we concentrate those unique, bold flavours. We then age in new American oak to complement the spicy profile of rye with notes of vanilla and caramel, producing a rich and flavourful whisky. With Lot No. 40 we are proud to embrace the singular qualities of rye, even though that means the brand won’t appeal to everyone. The core philosophy for Lot No. 40 is to craft a brand that - much like rye itself - is unmistakable.
History of Lot No. 40
The name: In 1998, the product was designed by then Master Blender Michael Booth. It was his interpretation of how a 100% rye whisky was made in early Canada by his forefather Joshua Booth. When Joshua immigrated to Canada, the plot of land that was given to him was lot number forty, hence the name. Michael is 7 generations removed from Joshua Booth. The current edition is made by our Master Blender Dr. Don Livermore, who changed the recipe slightly due to his findings with his PhD - all of Lot No. 40 is now unmalted rye aged in brand new American oak casks. The painted diagram on the bottle is the original mash cooking system used by the Gooderham and Worts distillery in 1845, which was in downtown Toronto.
- GOLD MEDAL - CANADIAN RYE | World Whiskies Awards 2020
- BESTSELLING WORLD WHISKY BRANDS | Drinks International Annual Brands Report 2020
- GOLD MEDAL - CATEGORY WINNER (NO AGE STATEMENT) | Canadian Whisky Awards 2019
- BEST CANADIAN RYE | World Whiskies Awards 2019
- GOLD MEDAL | New York World Wine & Spirits Competition 2018
- 96 POINTS | Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2018