Whisky Connosr

Canadian Club

In merory of...

0 9100

@NozinanReview by @Nozinan

23rd Nov 2016


Canadian Club
  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
  • Overall

Show rating data charts

Distribution of ratings for this: brand user

As some of you know, my father died two years ago today.

In the time leading up to his death and during the Shiva (mourning period) I consumed no alcohol, because I tend not to avoid alcohol when I'm upset.

However, I remember from my childhood that my father used to pour CC on ice when he came home from work. And so on the night after the end of the Shiva, we all gathered at my house, and I raised a toast from a newly purchased 200cc bottle of Canadian Club Premium Canadian Whisky (Original 1858), and a number of us partook. When I was out of the room my brother let my kids taste it.

Last year I poured him a glass on ice, and put it by his picture. As I occasionally did as a child, I had a sip to "try it". It tasted essentially as it did 40 years ago.

Tonight I poured my father another, added some ice, and after leaving it for him for a while, came back and took a sip.

The last 20 cc now sit in my glencairn, and here is my review:

Nose: faint green apple, some caramel and vanilla, light syrup (the kind you might find in a fruit cup. Alcohol.

Taste: Alcohol, sweet, wood tannins, a little caramel and vanilla, maybe some spices.

With Ice - no nose, oaky palate, some bitterness.

I definitely like this neat compared to on the rocks.

Truth be told, there are many other whiskies I would drink before this one.

I won't replace this bottle with another. I can think of better ways to remember my father, but as I prepare to recycle the plastic bottle, and in the dying days of this Connosr site (before it rises from the ashes and is reborn), I can honour him in this small way.



Geon bae!

Related Canadian Club reviews


BlueNote commented

Nice one @Nozinan. I know how it feels to lose a father before his time. I'll have a dram for both our fathers. Cheers.

7 years ago 0

Victor commented

@Nozinan, two years is still a short time after the passing of a beloved parent. They don't really go away though. They just become a lot harder to access. At this point Dad can visit with you a lot more easily than you can visit with him. Life goes on, but these physical bodies don't last forever.

7 years ago 0

cherylnifer commented

Nozinan, your timing is perfect as yesterday morning I lost one of my closest and dearest friends to cancer. He was like a brother to me. And he was the person responsible for introducing me to single malt scotch. Last night, two other close friends came by to talk and cry and laugh through the shock of the lost. As is usual, I pulled out several bottles. But instead of three glasses, I pull out four. The three of us living enjoyed several whiskies, as we took turns sipping from the fourth glass. A fitting remembrance to an outstanding friend. Thank you for sharing.

7 years ago 1Who liked this?

jeanluc commented

I'm sorry for your loss @Nozinan, my thoughts are with you and your family.

7 years ago 0

Robert99 commented

@Nozinan It is in the small gestures of the everyday life that we mark the memory of those we love because it is in the repetition of those gestures that we really show our giving love, the one that is eternal. May your memories bring you comfort and joy as it reunites you with a loving father.

7 years ago 0

Nozinan commented

Tonight I cracked another 200 cc bottle of Canadian Club "premium". Poured some over a few ice cubes and left it in front of his picture. First time in the new home. I think I'll do this every year.

I took a couple of sips, and it always brings me back to when I was a kid. But this stuff really isn't for me, despite the score you see above.

Tonight is a little more poignant as the husband of a friend of my wife called me just before... His dad was diagnosed with incurable cancer in its final stages a few days ago and he's looking for advice on what to do. It occurred to me that not only am I well-positioned to help him, but I see things from his perspective too. I feel sad for him and what he's going through.

At the same time I am preparing to celebrate my son's birthday tomorrow and all of this has me reflecting on what I have (not what's in my cabinet), and what I should be thankful for. I read to him and put him to bed and I thought of the legacy I will leave him as his father, and the legacy I received from my father and my grandfather, and so, I am sipping Wiser's Legacy in his memory tonight, as I watch the cubes slowly melt in his glass...

איך בענק נאך דיר פּאפּא

6 years ago 3Who liked this?

BlueNote commented

@Nozinan You have put things nicely into perspective.

6 years ago 0