Canadian whiskey has suffered an unjustified neglect in modern times, almost as much as rye whiskey. Among Canadian whiskeys, no label seems to have been overlooked as much as Canadian Club, a strange turn of events for a whiskey that was once ran like a river through Chicago speakeasies during the Prohibition-era reign of Al Capone. Once upon a time, it could have been argued that Canadian Club was America’s whiskey of choice, a historical note that period dramas Boardwalk Empire and Mad Men get right.
Canadian Club started with an American whiskey- and cider-maker, Hiram Walker. Driven to Windsor, Ontario by the mid-19th Century temperance movement, Walker’s Canadian Club dates its foundation back to 1858 and his original Detroit-based distillery, and the Windsor suburb of Walkerville is named for him. In the early days, Walker’s spirit was known simply as “Club Whisky” (Canadians use the Scots spelling), not putting “Canadian” into the title until 1890.
The core and entry-level whiskey of the extensive Canadian Club line is the 6 Year Old. This is basically the label’s classic, 150 year old product, albeit aged for one more year than was the case with Hiram Walker’s original whiskey.
COLOR- deep gold color.
Nose-is very grainy, with the mid-bodied scent of sweet barley.
PALATE- is thickly sweet, call it mellow if it were not for the hint of a spicy bite.
Finish-is the same: sweet, smooth, and with just a bit of spiciness.