I am a maple fan. I love maple donuts and maple syrup on many things. I now have another favorite maple product. Maple Rye, TAP 357 is three bearish. Not too sweet, not under sweet, just right! I have tried Crown Royal Maple which made me crave waffles, too, too sweet. I tried Knob Creek Smokey Maple and it is good. Not TAP 357 good but good. Watkins Select Maple Bourbon which had an amazing nose but not a memorable taste. TAP 357 brings maple to the table without a pancake craving but with the spirit I was seeking.
The quote from: http://dailyfoodandwine.com/tap-357-maple-rye-whisky/ pretty much sums it up.
"Produced at the oldest distillery in Western Canada, the blended rye whisky used in TAP 357 is distilled four times before being matured in a combination of new, second- and third-use bourbon barrels. Once this fine product has been aged, Master Blender Michel Marcil expertly blends the whiskies that have been selected, prior to combining it with pure “Canada 1 Light” maple syrup from Quebec. In a proprietary finishing process, the maple-flavored rye whisky is then left to rest for an additional period until deemed ready for release.
Let’s say this… The results are spectacular and quite simply my favorite new liquor in years. Exuding aromas of smoldering coals, pine cones and a maple syrupy sweetness that will quite simply blow you away, it’s got an epic finish that will keep you coming back for more and more. In my opinion TAP 357 is best consumed neat, but this begs for mixologist-inspired experimentation—so have at it!"
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