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Canadian Club 100% Rye Review

Producer: Canadian Club/Hiram Walker. Distiller: Alberta Distillers. ABV: 40%. Age: 7 years. Price: $25.

When it comes to whisk(e)y, I’m pretty democratic in my tastes. Despite that, there’ve always been a few that just haven’t done it for me, and one of those was Canadian Club. Memories of relatives mixing it with various sodas and high school kids stealing it from their parents’ cabinets.

So you can believe me when I tell you that the Canadian Club 100% Rye is the real deal. As in really, really good.

The juice is from Alberta Distillers, makers of Whistlepig Whiskey, Masterson’s Rye, Alberta Dark Batch Rye, and many other fine things. Though the marketing around the CC 100% Rye suggests it’s the launch of a new product, Canadian Club clarified that it’s actually a repackaging of an existing product for new markets, including the U.S.

The nose has hints of fruit, oak, vanilla, and buttered toast. The palate is full: cinnamon, malt, more vanilla, and a slight bit of citrus. The finish brings the citrus and vanilla together in a very fun way.

I’ve had it in a Manhattan and neat and it’s terrific either way. At a mere $25, this is a high quality everyday sipper/mixer that should be on everybody’s shelf.

Cheers, friends! – TM

Canadian Club graciously provided a sample for review. As always, our opinions are 100% our own.

Lot 40 Rye Review

Distiller: Hiram Walker. ABV: 43%. Age: NAS. Mashbill: 90% rye, 10% malted rye. Price: $45-55.

Hiram Walker’s Lot 40 Canadian Rye has a well-deserved reputation as one of the finest widely available ryes on the market today. Canadian whisky guru Davin de Kergommeaux calls it “a contemporary masterpiece,” and K&L Wines praised it as “the best rye whiskey we’ve tasted since stalwarts like Sazerac 18 and older Willett bottles became dreams rather than reality.”

What I admire most about the Lot 40 is its versatility. It has depth and complexity that make it a great daily sipper but it works equally well in cocktails–my favorite being a Manhattan).

Produced from 100% rye (10% of which is malted), it has a nose with wonderful rye and sweet fruity notes, combined with earthy spice and light citrus. There’s a brightness and purity through it all, nearly like that of a great Calvados.

The palate is loaded with rye and notes of peppery spice mixed with candied apple, freshly peeled oranges, and light oak. The long finish refocuses back on the beautiful earthy rye notes, which are what I enjoy most about this whisky.

This one’s special. Don’t pass it up.

Cheers! – JTR