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.