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Canadian Club 20 Year Old

A polished dram

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@MegawattReview by @Megawatt

28th Feb 2016

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  • Nose
    21
  • Taste
    22
  • Finish
    21
  • Balance
    19
  • Overall
    83

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Nose: a gentle intermingling of butterscotch and vanilla, along with damp wood. Deeper down I find a leafy/earthy note. With time, hints of orange or lemon zest emerge. Quite mellow yet complex enough to be intriguing.

Taste: slippery-smooth in the mouth, with toffee and butterscotch becoming slightly spicy at the back of the tongue. Very easy-drinking.

Finish: oak all the way.

Balance: the spirit seems just a little too light to hold up to this kind of aging. Certainly the grain character has taken a backseat here, but what else would you expect with a blended grain whisky of this vintage? Still, a highly drinkable, polished dram.

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9 comments

Astroke commented

Would this be the 2015 release? I was not that impressed with the 2014 I have.I have read about the earlier releases being much better.

2 years ago 0

@cricklewood
cricklewood commented

Nice review,

My brother gave me a bottle of this for Christmas about 3 years ago and I enjoyed it, definitely on the oak but so easy to drink. For sure you can find things you would love to see with it (higher proof, single barrel versions) but it's a pretty fine example of Canadian whisky

2 years ago 0

@Megawatt
Megawatt commented

I just bought it the other day, so I guess that makes it the 2015 version. Decent stuff though not as nice as Danfield's 21 or Alberta Premium 25.

2 years ago 0

Astroke commented

Yes, the D21 much better and although I have tried to get the AP25 on the secondary market I have failed so far to obtain it.

2 years ago 0

@paddockjudge
paddockjudge commented

@Megawatt, the 2014 release was not at all to my liking. Ten months later the half-fill bottle has improved. I rated it 71 and would now give it 10 - 12 points more, still not a great iteration. The 2011 (90) and 2012 (91) were both very good, but not in the same league as the extremely delicious Danfield's 21 YO (93.5) or the perfectly balanced AP25 (95.5). My disappointment in the 2014 led me to return two bottles for a pair of Crown Royal Monarch. The move was much to my liking.

@Astroke, AP25 is available on the secondary market. Last year the going price was an arm and a leg. With our declining C$, the market is currently at an arm, a leg, and a kidney.

2 years ago 0

@Megawatt
Megawatt commented

Monarch is nice indeed. Also funny to think I once paid $23.95 for a bottle of AP25 at the lcbo.

2 years ago 0

Astroke commented

@paddockjudge Could never understand why Alberta Distilleries have not released anything special for so long. I do not include Dark Horse. Why supply everybody with their juice and not start bottling some 45-50% aged Rye. I know they don't have to, but they should.

2 years ago 0

@paddockjudge
paddockjudge commented

Those were the days. A bottle of AP25 would cost you 15 - 20 x that now.

2 years ago 0

@paddockjudge
paddockjudge commented

@Astroke, As much as I enjoy this topic, I get very frustrated because I do not understand why they would release a 90 proof whisky (Dark Horse) and add 1/4 oz. - 1/2 oz. of sherry to every bottle. AP standard at 90 pf would be a very special whisky, I can't imagine how glorious some of the new oak aged flavouring whisky would be at 90 pf or more....(CC 100% Rye or 1910 Pendleton's on steroids)...now about that longer aged Alberta Rye that comes back to Canada at 5 - 10 x the price... here piggy, piggy, piggy, piggy...

2 years ago 0

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