# 336 • Canadian Club Chairman's Select 100% Rye

40% alc./vol.
Hiram Walker & Sons Limited, Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

Canadian Club has long been associated with cheap whiskey blends, and its reputation, albeit somewhat misjudged, has also long given Canadian whiskey bad luck, if not a curse.

Well in a valiant effort to restore the image of this kind of whiskey too often underestimated, the gang ofHiram Walker Finally delivers us a product worthy of mention, the Canadian Club Chairman's Select 100% Rye.

Finally, apart from a few products from Alberta Distillers, we are offered a 100% Canadian whiskey made from rye. With, say, 7 years of aging in charred oak barrels!

As the American actor, producer, director and screenwriter said so well Steven Wright (1955-) said so well:

The conclusion is where we go when we are tired of thinking ...

Deep red, like the soul of canadian whiskey.

Nose:
Rye sweet and sweet, vanilla and sugar. Refined impression less rustic than most other expressions of the distillery. Maple syrup, wood glue, lemon zest and ... dill pickles! Surprising!

Taste:
Spices of rye, toasted oak, vanilla, light pepper with some fruits. The caramel stretches in the mouth while a beautiful oily texture envelops everything.

Finish:
Rather short, but we like his notes again pumpernickel, grilled wood and caramel. It may not shine very long, but you can enjoy every moment.

Balance:
One more reason to linger over Canadian whiskeys. A great discovery, especially coming from a big player in this category. A Canadian product of this quality and at this price, the SAQ would make a sin by missing out on that.

Note: ★★★★★

#214 • Canadian Club Premium

40% alc./vol.
Hiram Walker & Sons Limited, Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

Ok, the day after Confederation, what a perfect time to indulge in the most popular contraband Canadian whiskey in prohibition, I named good old Canadian Club Premium!

Indeed, the distillery Hiram Walker being located in Windsor, Ontario, just across the border, it was the easiest whiskey to sneak to our neighbors to the south during the 20s. Although it is said thatAl Capone was the Templeton Rye, but it was on the crates and crates of Canadian Club that his smuggling empire rested.

For today's article, my source goes back to one of those weekends when the SAQ granted us a 10% discount on the purchase of $ 100 or more. I had brought from Montreal (from one SAQ signature to another) a succulent Glen Garioch Cask Strength 1995. When I got to the checkout, my bottle went to $ 98, so I was offered to buy another bottle to save 10% of my bill. Well know that I did not fall into the trap. And wow, I'm adding a mignonnette of Canadian Club Premium to my bill at $ 2.80 !!!

I must add in passing that the photo in this article has once again been stuck on the canvas.

As the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556) said so well:

O Lord! open the doors of the night for me, so that I may go and disappear ...

Dark amber and orange, a bit like a sponge.

Nose:
Vanilla, rye and fruits. After the first wave of alcohol has passed, dust comes out, as if they've used barrels that have been used a thousand times.

Taste:
Sweet, sweet and bitter at the same time. Spices of rye, vanilla, lemon, but mostly burnt plastic. Oak and bitter maple.

Finish:
Very short and dry, bitter lemon, oak, and again cheap plastic.

Balance:
People love it for its price, but believe me, it's quite a feat to drink this neat. Cocktail mixer, nothing more.

Note: ★ ★ ★ ★