First Impression: Canadian Club Aged 8 Years

[40.0%・8 Years Old・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・General Release]

Nose:

Lime zest, faint charred oak note in the background; corn syrup lurking with a hint of dry rye.

Palate:

Glucose syrup with a wee dose of vanilla essence, soft marshmallow with a very subtle, almost unintended hint of lime twist, apricots and sugared mochi.

Finish:

A modest but elongated finish with rye spices coming in and gingery kick, eased with a subtle hint of caramel sauce.

Thoughts:

A conscious rebranding to appeal to the more sophisticated cocktail market it seems as evident in the change of mash bill to a higher rye content and increasing the aging to 8 years from the standard 6 year release.  I can see how it would work well in cocktails, as shown by the talented bartenders at the Riley Street Garage.

Though designed primarily for use in cocktails, it’s actually pretty neat neat; I can’t remember the last time I had a Canadian Club that is quite so serviceable.

-Nicholas

P.S. Thank you Canadian Club and Liquid Ideas for inviting me to the launch, it was a fun night.