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Canadian Club 20 Year Old

Remind anyone else of a rum?

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@JasonHambreyReview by @JasonHambrey

7th Aug 2014

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This whisky is a "limited" release, which really means that it is produced in batches as it is a pretty regular offering from CC. It's the same recipe as the standard "Canadian Club", but it is just in the barrel for much longer. Batch variation of this one can be significant, but it appears the recent batches seem to be doing pretty well.

Nose: Some nice, sharp rye and dry corn (like fresh cornmeal) comes up with classic rye fruitiness. Oak comes up, along with some pencil shavings, with earthiness much like you might expect a slightly damp, mossy oak stave to smell – though not perhaps the most appealing description it is a great smell. Light fruit – white grape and green plum as well as notes of strawberries. It does smell quite dry overall, and underneath the larger aromas there is a rich toffee backdrop, alongside a caramel pudding creaminess. The whisky reminds me very much of a well-aged dark rum, interestingly enough.88%

Taste:Rich maple and woody flavours start the palate, with some molasses notes leading into a sweeter brown sugar note along with some toasted oak. It is interestingly nutty, and has an almost nutty cookie-dough like feel to it along with a strong orange note like orange liquer. The rye comes through almost right at the end of the palate – overall it’s quite rich and dense. The molasses notes are interestingly strong enough that I wonder if I could be sipping a rum. 92%

Finish:Quite dense, and slowly unfolding, with some interesting flavours that remind me of what cookie dough made with whole wheat flour might taste like. It is still fruity, and feels quite lively because of the light fruitiness. The back of the throat particularly, I find, “feels” this whisky. There are still molasses notes, reminiscent of a good dark rum. There is also oak, light orange peel, and a very light touch of vanilla. It is a bit too dry, for the profile, though, and this detracts from the experience. 87%

Intrigue:Though I am no rum expert, this reminds me of some fine dark rums I have tasted before - with the density, woodiness, and molasses notes. Still has many nods to characteristic CC flavours, but goes a bit deeper and is my favourite of their regular offerings (provided the batch is good!) 93%

Weighting the nose 25%, taste 35%, Finish 15%, and Intrigue 25% the overall grade is 90.

*I have also posted a separate format (with similar content) of this review at whiskywon.wordpress.com/2014/08/…

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7 comments

Astroke commented

I still have most of a bottle I purchased last year and I find it unremarkable. I mean it's OK (I am a defender of Premium Canadian Whiskey to the end) but I like both Danfields 21 and Century 21 more and Highwood 20 much more (to use similar age statement comparisons).I may pick up another bottle now that the LCBO has added 500 bottles. Would like to get your thoughts on Godderham & Worts 4 grain. Seems to be Legacy with some Wheat added, good stuff.

3 years ago 0

@paddockjudge
paddockjudge commented

@Astroke, The G&W Four Grain is what I refer to as Legacy Light. I too find a resemblance to Wiser's Legacy, although somewhat muted. Not nearly the same rye influence and much less new oak.

3 years ago 0

@paddockjudge
paddockjudge commented

@JasonHambrey, As always, a nice review.I'm curious as to which batch of CC20 this review is from. The 2011(91) and 2012 (92) releases were stunning; however, the 2014 release, black box with copper flashes, was extremely off-putting (sulfur and sour wine), like a sherry cask CC with some extra time in tired barrels. From your notes I would expect this to be of the 2011/12 releases.

3 years ago 0

@paddockjudge
paddockjudge commented

@JasonHambrey,After revisiting your review on WhiskyOne, I have noticed the box style is that of pre-2014.

3 years ago 0

@JasonHambrey
JasonHambrey commented

@paddockjudge - yes, the batch was 2012. @astroke, CC20 is terrible for batch variation - so much so that sometimes I wonder if it is ever worth buying. @paddockjudge has I'm sure tasted more batches, though, and may have a better idea than me though.

G&W is very complex, and well integrated - all of the Canadian Whisky Guild whiskies are very good. when I get a bit of time I'll post my review to connosr, but for now:

whiskywon.wordpress.com/2015/11/…

3 years ago 0

@paddockjudge
paddockjudge commented

@astroke, As indicated by @JasonHambrey, there is no consistency with CC20. When it is good, it is very good, and when it is bad, it is verrrry bad. The newer release has no bottle number. The label has copper flashes; there is however, some type of date/code on the box top. I am very disappointed with the 2014 release, it is not worth buying...it is not worth drinking, even if it was free. The 2011 and 2012 (L11, L12) releases are fabulous. Buy 'em if you find 'em, and buy some for me.

3 years ago 0

Astroke commented

Yeah, mine is the 2014, disappointing for sure.

3 years ago 0

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