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A brilliant offering from Canadian Club. This one is a game changer, an extremely smooth and mature 100% single grain rye expression - sweet yet not cloying. Dry and smooth and dusty. Hints of maple sugar and freshly cracked walnuts waft from the glass. Ripe bananas and a faint hint of oak shavings is smothered by the engaging bouquet of baking spices - cloves, vanilla, cinnamon, cherry cola and light whisps of fresh cut grass which indicates to me that both pot still and column still rye distillates were married in oak to yield this incredibly aromatic and delicious whisky.
The promises from the nose are delivered to the palate and this is where CC 100% Rye makes a statement. LESS IS MORE. There is no hedge row of lilac dominating the olfactory receptors. There is not a piercing bite of peppery heat. At 40% abv this is velvety smooth - dry yet mouthwatering with toffee, ginger, cardamom, grapefruit pith, a dollop of maple syrup and dusting of white pepper.
The balance is near perfect.
The finish is warm and sweet with mild peppery undertones and lingering ginger.
This incredible expression hails from the same origins as Corby's Lot No. 40...likely the same stills and very possibly the same grain silos. The result is somewhat more subdued yet wonderfully balanced. This is the 2014 Canadian Whisky of the Year.