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Canadian Club Barley Batch Limited Edition celebrates their 160th anniversary with a blend of barley-based whisky with regular Canadian Club. The bottle has been open roughly four months.
The colour is a medium-to-light amber. Slightly astringent on the nose, with young malt, violets, butterscotch and vanilla pods. Plums. Caramel popcorn. Mint and sage. A drop of water adds some honey, and makes it even maltier. A bit too floral, which overwhelms the fruit and bourbon-y notes.
On the palate it still comes across as very young, with light butterscotch and vanilla notes. Pretty thin mouthfeel. Cinnamon. Furniture polish. A bit soapy. Very young tasting. Thinner with water. A letdown.
The finish is toasted oak, humidor and light spice. Side-by-side, this tastes nothing like standard Canadian Club: it's much lighter in colour and tastes much younger. In fact, this comes across like a young single malt from a Canadian micro-distiller, perhaps Kinsip or Shelter Point. Just not to my taste.