Author Jim Murray’s prestigious whiskey biblical soft, Canadian whiskey made in Calgary is described as the best in the world.
Produced by Alberta Distillers of Calgary, Alberta Premium Cask Strength is now World Whiskey of the Year.
Said George Teachrob, general manager of Alberta Distillers CBC’s The Homestreach The news is still sinking.
“It’s unbelievable, we’re still experiencing the effects of the news,” Teacrobe said.
“And I do not know if it will sink completely [in] Yet. We know that the Canadian whiskey market is shaking a bit, but when we released it it was called World Whiskey of the Year – Wow. “
Whiskey is made from 100 percent Alberta rye grain and water from the Rockies.
Renowned whiskey reviewer who publishes his Whiskey Bible every year, Alberta Premium Cask Strength writes that it is “truly adorable.”
“Well, Jim Murray, I don’t think he’s lying much – it’s so awesome,” Teachrob said with a laugh.
“Releasing the cossack strength is something that keeps you all there. It depends on your process from grain through the maturing process,” Teacrobe said.
“So, we didn’t think it was too risky because we’re so proud and we stand behind our product … it’s an incredible product.”
The review process is rigorous. But Alberta Distillers was already on the radar – the Alberta Premium was selected as the Canadian Whiskey of the Year in 2006 by the 2009 edition of the Whiskey Bible.
But this time it was on the world stage, beating about 1,200 whiskey options.
“We have been making 100 percent rye grain since 1946. I mean, it’s our primary ingredient and it’s locally sourced and we’re proud of it,” Teacrobe said. “Eighty-five percent of our rye grain comes within 300 miles of Calgary.”
The distillery has its own enzyme lab.
“We need it to repel carbs for rye grain. It’s high in protein, so one of the main things our guys keep telling me is that having a lab that can produce those enzymes is very critical for that process,” Tecrobe said.
“And it’s still running through a pot, and then uses new white roasted oak barrels. And in the process, the magic happens.”
Limited edition production
The distillery opened in 1946 and has been producing many spirits, but has always specialized in rye.
“Ninety-five percent of North American rail comes from two primary sources, and one of the distilleries in Indiana and the largest is located here in Alberta and is not well known,” Tecrobe said. “But does anyone in the whiskey business know that if you have 100 percent rye grain whiskey, it’s probably coming from Alberta.”
The award represents more people wanting a limited edition product that launched last November.
“Unfortunately, when your age is in the spirit, we should have this vision, you know, five, 10 years ago,” Teachrob said.
“From what I understand, it went off the shelves very quickly. I think it’s in limited supply in Calgary right now, but we’ll see what we can offer in the future.”