#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 a little mischievous, has long been a source of Canadian whiskey, or even a curse.

And in a valiant effort to restore the image of this kind of whiskey too often underestimated, the gang ofHiram Walker we finally deliver a product worthy of note, the Canadian Club Chairman's Select 100% Rye.

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

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

The conclusion is where you go when you're 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 hit the most popular Canadian contraband smuggler of prohibition, I named the 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 smuggle to our southern neighbors during the 20 years. Although it is said that the favorite whiskeyAl Capone was the Templeton Rye, but it was on Canadian Club boxes and crates that his contraband empire was based.

For today's article, my source goes back to one of those weekends when the SAQ forgave us a 10% discount on the purchase of 100 $ or more. I had come from Montreal (from one SAQ signature to another) a succulent Glen Garioch Cask Strength 1995. At the checkout, my bottle goes to 98 $, so I am offered to buy another bottle to save 10% of my bill. Well know that I did not fall into the trap. And vlan in the teeth, I add to my bill a mignonnette Canadian Club Premium 2.80 $!

I must add to the passage that the photo of this article was once again stitched on the canvas.

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

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

Dark amber and orange, a bit like a sponge.

Nose:
Vanilla, rye and fruits. Once the first wave of alcohol passed, the dust comes out, as if they had used barrels that had served 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 like it for its price, but trust me, it's a feat of drinking that neat. Cocktail mixer, nothing more.

Note: ★ ★ ★ ★