This small-batch whisky is a marriage of two purely Canadian flavors: rye and maple, produced in the province of Quebec-where syrup tapping was born and perfected centuries ago.Tap 357Click to explore our complete library of reviews to help you choose your next perfect bottle.
Tap 357 Canadian Maple Rye Whisky
- DISTILLER: Sourced from “The oldest distillery in Western Canada”, which implies Alberta Distillers Limited, part of the Beam Suntory portfolio.
- MASH BILL: Canadian rye whisky, mix in a proprietary processs with “Canada 1 Light” maple syrup
- AGE: Blended 3-, 5-, and 7-year old rye whisky.
- YEAR: 2017
- PROOF: 98.6 (49.3% ABV)
- MSRP: $29.99
- BUY ONLINE: Total Wine
TASTE: Old Maple | Dark Fruit | Rye spice | More Maple
FINISH: The entry, mid-plate, and finish are dominated with the sweet buy not unpleasant maple flavor. Despite being a very light rye, the mouthfeel is not overly thin. I find it earthy but would appreciate a stronger participation of the rye whisky. Little or no burn.
SHARE WITH: If you run with sophisticated whisky aficionados, hide this bottle. If you have some newbie friends or people who are working their way into whisky, it will be fun to try. Very approachable is a good description.
WORTH THE PRICE: At $29.99, it seems a little dear for a “fun” diversion. You can get some pretty fair bourbon for $30. Compared to other maple whiskies it is right in the pocket.
BOTTLE, BAR OR BUST: If you hate flavored whisky, stay away, this is a flavored whisky. Try at a bar if your curious, or get a bottle for fun.
OVERALL: At Bourbon and Banter we have some the most sophisticated and developed whiskey palates in the world as contributors. So, when the opportunity to review a maple flavored rye whisky came in, those contributors gave it to me, the “Mikey” (if you don’t know what this means, check out this link).
For a flavored whisky, TAP 357 Maple Rye Whisky is very much as expected and not bad (yes, I have tried several flavored whiskies). To their credit TAP 357 is as advertised, a decent rye whisky flavored with maple syrup. The flavor is strong although not overwhelming. The rye does tend to be a bit thin and does not benefit from water, which merely enhances the syrupy sweetness of the maple flavor and muting the rye. It is best on the rocks or as a mixer. I would not recommend it in a Manhattan; the sweet Vermouth does it no credit. The recommended Maple Snow Cap cocktail is a nice, if a little fancy, drink. It recommends to add maple syrup to taste; I would say the correct amount is none.
TASTE: Maple | Brown Sugar | Spiced Nuts
FINISH: Candied nuts with a warm coating maple syrup with just the right amount of sweetness. Nutty sweetness lingers with a light touch that brings you back for another sip – over and over again.
SHARE WITH: My wife. She loves this whisky. And to be honest, even though it’s a flavored whiskey, I enjoyed it too. Just sweet enough to satisfy my sweet tooth without making me worry about consuming liquid candy. It’s easy to drink with a well-balanced sweetness that enjoyable neat and even better when chilled.
WORTH THE PRICE: I’d prefer a price tag closer to $20 on this one but considering it’s something I wouldn’t’ mind sharing with some of my friends who love sweeter whiskies, I can stomach the MSRP on occasion.
BOTTLE, BAR OR BUST: Buy a bottle if you’re looking for something a little sweeter that you can enjoy on occasion and want to share with non-whisky drinkers when they come over for dinner. Makes a great accompaniment for a variety of desserts.
OVERALL: Maybe I’m getting old or just a little bored with this year’s bourbon releases, but I’m starting to appreciate a select number of flavor whiskies. Tap 357 Maple Rye Whiskey is a nice distraction when I’m in the mood for something different. But keep this in mind, it’s the balanced addition of maple syrup that makes this one work. There’s not much whisky backbone present to take credit for the finished product.
Disclaimer: A sample of TAP 357 Canadian Maple Rye Whisky was provided to us by TAP 357 for this review. We appreciate their willingness to allow Bourbon & Banter to review their product with no strings attached. Thank you.hank you.
Jim Knudsen has lived in every region of the United States, traveled the world, and always enjoyed spirits along the way. While he has sampled local spirits in 50 countries on 6 continents, he always comes home to bourbon. Jim is an accomplished global sales and marketing executive, with a degree in Physics from Michigan State University and an MBA from Baldwin-Wallace College. Growing up in Michigan, in a household rich with the experience of enjoying drink. He now lives in Georgia with his wife Karen, the love of his life, his personal editor, and style consultant. When not drinking bourbon he likes to golf, reading, and enjoys professional football and boxing. Actually, these are more often enjoyed while drinking bourbon. His four great kids, with families of their own, have blessed him with 6 grandchildren. While coming to bourbon late in life, he is working diligently to catch up.
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