Tap 357 Canadian Maple Rye Whisky Review
Distillery: Tap 357
Expression: Tap 357 Canadian Maple Rye Whisky
Category: Blended whisky (A mix of 3, 5, and 7 year old whiskies (hence the name 357)
Region: Western Canada
Aside from politeness and the act of jerseying some dickhead and smashing him in the face there are few things more Canadian than rye whisky and maple syrup.
As a fan of some of the spicy / sweet bourbons I was anxious to uncork this puppy and see how it would compete.
The best thing about a dram of Tap 357 is the nose.
I swear it smells like a fresh plate of buttery flapjacks is wafting out of your Glencairn glass.
However, Tap 357 has a few limitations that you should know about up front. The distillers added some caramel coloring to enhance the look of the whisky which takes away from the taste. Also, the maple syrup flavor doesn’t come from it being aged in maple casks.
The syrup is added at the end of the maturation process and left in for an “additional period” of time which is unspecified.
Not all is lost though.
The end result is a whisky that is certainly drinkable but overly simple.
You’re just getting some harsh rye and maple syrup.
That’s it folks, the show is over.
At the end of the day, Tap 357 feels like a novelty act that gets a bit boring after a few sips.
On the bright side, the maple could add some interesting twist to some cocktails as a mixer.
They have a few recipes up on their website but I think with a little experimentation and some amaro / apertifs you can probably develop some better ones on your own.
Tap 357 Canadian Maple Rye Whisky Tasting Notes
Nose: Hot buttered flapjacks
Palate: Stout harsh rye sweetened with maple syrup. Kicks like a mule for a paltry 40.5%
Finish: A lingering hot finish that isn’t all too pleasant.