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Canadian Club 100% Rye

Canadian Club 100% Rye Canadian Whisky/
40% ABV
$20
Website

What the Distillery Says
This premium Canadian whisky is crafted 100% from single grain rye. Aged to perfection, it’s the purest expression of rye whisky, with more complexity, character and spiciness than other Canadian whiskies. It has the smooth taste you expect from Canadian Club® – making it the perfect choice for special occasions. Like Tuesdays.
Description: Complex, full and spicy
COLOR: Antique gold
AROMA: Balanced with toasted grains, gentle wood notes and a tantalizing hint of sweet vanilla
TASTE: Complex balance of rye spiciness, caramel and oak notes, warm and creamy
FINISH: Long clean finish with hints of clove, oak and vanilla

What Gary Says
Nose: Sweet & fruity, subtle pine note with a hint of nutmeg.
Palate: Thin mouthfeel, young, soft, subtle fruit salad.
Finish: Fairly short.
Comments: I picked this up for $18, as I recalled enjoying the Canadian Club Chairman’s Select 100% Rye (only offered in Canada) – and wanted to see if this version (offered in the US) was the same. Turns out it is (in fact, Canadian Club doesn’t even include both products on their web-site, but via Facebook they answered a consumer’s question that it is the same whisky). So you can read the review on that. I didn’t until I had written up my notes, and was only mildly surprised to see differences. I didn’t enjoy this as much as I did the original, which is more about my palate changing than the whisky (as I did a blind side-by-side, and couldn’t pick them apart – so I believe Canadian Club’s claim that they’re the same). I really would love to taste this whisky at 100 proof. Some drams hold up well at 80 proof, but this isn’t one of them. Compared to American rye whiskey, this is quite a bit softer. This might be a gateway rye for someone who likes Crown Royal, although I’d recommend they just go to Crown’s Northern Harvest Rye. It is certainly inexpensive enough to take a shot at if you are a rye fan.
Rating: Average

What Richard Says
Nose: Rich stewed fruit sweetness like fortified wine mixed with a bit of american brandy.
Palate: A bit thin. There is vanilla, baking spices, and a candy sweetness there but teasing it out is tricky and water doesn’t help.
Finish: Quick and clean.
Comments: Nothing spectacular and nothing off putting. I find the flavors a bit muted compared to other whiskeys but it serves well as a mixer or sipper. If you like Canadian whisky in general or Canadian Club specifically then it is probably worth giving this a shot.
Rating: Average

Canadian Club Chairman’s Select

Canadian Club Chairman’s Select 100% Rye Canadian Whisky
40% ABV
$25 to $27
Website
BEAM SUNTORY INC. - Canadian Club® launches new 100% Rye Whisky
What the Distillery Says:
This premium Canadian whisky is crafted 100% from single grain rye. Aged to perfection, it’s the purest expression of rye whisky, with more complexity, character and spiciness than other Canadian whiskies. It has the smooth taste you expect from Canadian Club® – making it the perfect choice for special occasions. Like Tuesdays.
Description: Complex, full and spicy
COLOR: Antique gold
AROMA: Balanced with toasted grains, gentle wood notes and a tantalizing hint of sweet vanilla
TASTE: Complex balance of rye spiciness, caramel and oak notes, warm and creamy
FINISH: Long clean finish with hints of clove, oak and vanilla

What Gary Says:
Nose: Sweet rye, malted caramel crème candy, tapioca pudding
Palate: Soft sweetness up front, with a subtle peppery note in the mid-palate; dried fruit throughout
Finish: Moderate, honeyed with a soft landing
Comments: This label was available in Canada, and unfortunately not distributed in the United States. Fans of American straight rye may find this softer by comparison; while I recognize the rye character, it isn’t as sharp or peppery as its southern cousins. For the money, an interesting whiskey – and one I’d recommend to fans of rye if only to expand their horizons.
Rating: Stands Out

What Richard Says:
Nose: A softer, more floral rye with mint notes rounded out by honeysuckle and orange blossom honey. Let it open more and I get notes of clove and allspice.
Palate: This drinks much lighter than a “typical” (read American) rye. You get hints of herbal minty sweetness and a peppery back end but nothing like one of the ryes produced by bourbon distilleries. If it didn’t say 100% rye on the label I would swear it is a Canadian blend.
Finish: More pepper lingering on the edges of the tongue and then fading to a softer vanilla note.
Comments: If you haven’t heard me say it before I’ll whisper a secret to you: the Canadians keep the best of their whisky for themselves. This is just another example of a quality affordable rye that they don’t export. It’s not rye in the American sense in terms of profile but it is very easy to drink and thoroughly enjoyable all the same.
Rating: Stands Out