Canadian Club has a rich and colorful past. It is rumored to be one of the most smuggled whiskies during prohibition and was the dominant whisky during the fifties and sixties. In fact, it’s that “authenticity” and ties to pop culture that is partially accountable for its surging sales.
You see, Canadian Club, or CC as we liked to call it, is a staple on the popular TV show Mad Men. Its subtle placement on the bar or coffee table of the show’s stars has brought it exposure to a new generation of younger drinkers. And the fact that several of the female leads are not shy about sharing their boss’s whiskey has not escaped the eye of the female audience. Because of Mad Men and the exposure it gives to Canadian Club, annual sales are up 4.3%.
But TV placement is not only the reason, the main reason is, it’s pretty darn good. Canadian Club is renown for its trademark smoothness and long dry finish. Cc is a blend of three different types of whiskies.
Its recipe includes 100%rye, distilled through a continuous still process, 100% corn also distilled through a continuous still and a mix of rye, rye malt, and barley malt distilled through both a continuous and a pot still.
The three separate distillations are then aged in first filled, charred American white oak barrels or Canadian whisky barrels. This combination accounts for CC’s differing flavoring notes and rich mellow oaky flavor. The whiskies are then aged up to twelve years. The whiskies are then carefully blended and bottled.
Canadian Club Classic
Producer: Hiram Walker Distillery
Origin: Ontario, Canada
Price Range: $$
Awards: San Francisco World’s Spirits Competition 2005, 06, 07, 08, 09, 12, 13, 14, 16; Beverage testing Institute 2005 (85) 13 (89) 14 (87) 16 (90); Wine Enthusiast 2007 (90-95) 2011 (90)
Tasting Notes —
Color: Bronze to autumn gold
Nose: Soft, round, fully balanced and creamy. Fruity, firm.
Palette: Delicate spiciness and creamy vanilla, in balance with rich wood and luxurious honey
Finish: Long and dry with an enduring presence of butterscotch
$$$$$ = Greater than $100
$$$$ = $80 – 100
$$$ = $50 – 80
$$ = $30 – 50
$ = Less than $30
Further Ratings & Reviews
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