Pretty sure Canadian Club Premium was the first whisky I ever tasted, back when I was more concerned with the effects than the quality of the spirit.
Nose: a bit of alcohol, a lot of caramel. A touch earthy/leafy, as is typical of Hiram Walker blends. Some light vanilla tones. No fruit that I can discern. Becomes smoother and less astringent with time in the glass.
Taste: light-bodied, a bit hot. Grain alcohol and oak notes dominate. This combination gives the classic caramel flavour.
Finish: thin and somewhat bitter.
Balance: as bottom-shelf Canadian blends go, this one isn't bad but doesn't stand out in any way. As a mixer or cocktail base it is fine; as a sipper it is lacking. Its strongest point is definitely the aroma, which becomes pleasant over time.
I believe I may have started my whisky journey as you did, with CC & Ginger. I still have a soft spot for that label, but I commend your courage in sipping this neat. I tried that with Wiser's Special Blend (the black-labeled one) awhile back and it was not very pleasant.