Mar 22, 2014

Canadian Club 15yo...

Canadian Club 15yo (40.0%): Continuing with samples from #DavinTT2 Canadian Whisky prize basket. We have another Canadian Club expression on the table but this time a 15 years old one. Although this bottling used to be a long time favorite in Europe and Japan it is getting more and more difficult to see on the shelves due to Canadian Club's decision to discontinue the 15yo. It is still available in some markets in Europe but in very limited quantities. Another Canadian whisky filled in an oversized perfume bottle. The original bottle looks like a prop from an 80's TV movie... Color: Dark copper, clover honey. Nose: Creme caramel, lavender and rose wood. Cardboard boxes in the attic and a pile of old glossy magazines in a second hand book shop. Soy sauce and sesame oil. Mild, creamy and old. Palate: Damson plums, persimmon and zante currants. Crispy rye, ground ginger, cloves and cinnamon. It has a distinct salty palate but definitely not coastal. It is more of a salty cheese note; like a creamy and salty sheep's milk cheese. Salted almonds and caramel drops. Finish: Pretty short. Black pepper, allspice and burnt sugar. Overall: A very satisfying and old fashioned dram. I can totally see how some people got hooked on this whisky back in time... It shows its age, it's creamy, warm and full of rye character but not so much adventurous. 15 years in the barrel treated our Canadian Club spirit very well I think but I can see why Canadian Club chose to discontinue this expression. I would also want to use these type old stock whisky maturing in the warehouses to create newer, more exciting and more complex expressions.