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first_img 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn The Absolute Best Rye Whiskey Brands for Under $50 Highland Park Releases 2 New Limited-Release Bottles Whiskey comes in many different varieties. The type of whiskey you are having can depend on the country it was distilled in, the kind of grain used to create the mash, and the amount of malt used as an ingredient. When it comes to brass tacks, though, most people know three different types of whiskey: bourbon, scotch and rye. Bourbon and scotch get most of the love; and rightfully so—they are delicious, have rich histories and are featured prominently in popular songs and movies.Rye, on the other hand, is often overlooked. In fact, people still think that rye only comes from Canada. (To be fair, rye is featured in most Canadian whiskies and Canadian whisky overall has the same flavor and characteristics as rye.) But rye was the prevalent American whiskey up through Prohibition. However, after Prohibition, the tastes of our nation changed, and rye became viewed as an old man’s drink, while bourbons and scotches became more marketable.Recent studies have shown that rye whiskey is on the rebound though. DISCUS (the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States) recently published data showing that, since 2009, rye whiskey production volume has increased 536 percent. This may be due to the more adventurous American palette—rye can be stronger and more flavorful than bourbon and even some scotches.RELATED: Apparently, Whiskey Aged In Space Tastes Different Than The Earth-Aged VarietyAs part of this “rye renaissance, “one of our favorite whiskey distiller’s, Russell’s Reserve, is releasing its very first Single Barrel Rye. Russell’s has already seen success with their 6-Year-Old Rye (we’ve tried it and it’s just as good, or even better, as some of Russell’s Reserve’s high-end bourbons). In fact, the rye grain has featured prominently in most of the Russell’s Reserve and Wild Turkey releases over the years, giving their whiskies a trademark spiciness.A legitimate rye requires the mash be made of 51% rye, so the Single Barrel certainly has some spice to it. Each bottle of Single Barrel Rye was pulled from the best barrels in the Russell’s Reserve rick houses. At 104 proof (52% alcohol), this rye is nothing to laugh at. If you are going to sip, sip with discretion and style—this isn’t a whiskey to just toss back.The Single Barrel Rye has just hit the market and, like all Russell’s Reserve releases, we’re sure it’ll soon be a whiskey-lover’s favorite. Take this as an opportunity to educate yourself on some rye whiskey and become of a member of the Ryenaissance. Editors’ Recommendations The Best Wheated Bourbon Alternatives to Pappy Why Clover Whiskey Can Only Be Found at Select Golf Clubslast_img read more

Canada overturns refugee status to Lankan man

The government appealed the decision to the Federal Court and Justice Paul Crampton accepted its objection.“A group of people who have decided to travel to Canada on a particular ship,” is not “fundamental to a person’s basic humanity,” wrote Justice Crampton, and did not qualify as what are called “refugees sur place,” meaning those not refugees when they leave their homeland but become refugees through the circumstance of their case. In both, the men had been accepted as refugees under claims that publicity connecting the ships to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam placed all passengers at risk in their homeland by mere association. The court’s rejection of the claim could impact other cases still pending. The second case involves a 24-year-old Tamil who arrived aboard the MV Ocean Lady, which officials identified as a rebel arms smuggling ship. The claimant’s testimony, that he had previously been questioned by Sri Lankan officials about possible links to the LTTE and released, is evidence that the government knows he is not a hardcore member of the LTTE, the judge said.His case was sent back to the IRB for a fresh hearing.Justice Crampton made his decision Nov. 19 but it only disseminated publicly on Monday. The outcome contrasts with another IRB decision made Oct. 16 but released only last week. In the Sun Sea case, the IRB had accepted the 26-year-old Tamil man as a refugee even though he was not believed to be involved with the LTTE; just being on the ship could lead to persecution, the board said. IRB adjudicator Trudy Shecter accepted him as a refugee on the same grounds that Justice Crampton rejected.“If he were to return to Sri Lanka, he is afraid that the government would know or quickly learn, possibly from the Canadian government, that he travelled on the Ocean Lady and he would be subject to torture, death, and having his body thrown into the river,” her decision says.She found no evidence he was involved with the LTTE. The Federal Court of Canada has overturned the refugee status granted to a passenger aboard a smuggling ship linked to Tamil rebels, just as the refugee board extended protection on the same grounds to a Tamil passenger of a second smuggling ship, highlighting the difficulty in handling the two highly publicized mass arrivals.The overturned decision involves one of 492 Sri Lankan Tamil migrants who arrived aboard the MV Sun Sea in 2010; the newly granted asylum decision involves one of the 76 aboard the MV Ocean Lady in 2009. “I find, however, that the claimant’s profile changed when he chose to board the Ocean Lady, a ship that has been suspected of carrying LTTE members into Canada,” she wrote.The government is reviewing the IRB’s decision, said Alexis Pavlich, spokeswoman for Jason Kenney, Minister for Citizenship and Immigration.The seeming disconnect between the two cases highlights the difficulty in handling the many passengers found aboard the two boatloads of Tamils fleeing the conflict in Sri Lanka when they arrived in Canadian waters.The Sun Sea arrived Aug. 13, 2010, carrying 380 men, 63 adult women and 49 children. As of last week, 50 have been accepted as refugees, 63 have had their claims rejected and 23 claims were withdrawn.Deportation orders have been issued against 25; another 16 had admissibility hearings but were not ordered deported, with three non-deportation cases under appeal by the government.Of the 25 people ordered deported, 14 were members of the ship’s crew and involved in people smuggling, according to the IRB.Eleven were found to be members of a terrorist organization; two of those were also found to have committed war crimes. One man remains in immigration detention.The Ocean Lady carried 76 males, one a minor, when it arrived Oct. 17, 2009. As of last week, 15 had been accepted as refugees and 15 have had their claims rejected. One claim was withdrawn. Three have been issued deportation orders.Some on each ship also face criminal charges in B.C. for human smuggling — four from the Ocean Lady and six from the Sun Sea. (National Post) read more