Canadian Club 40 Year Old

Thanks to ‘Whisky in the 6’ for the sample.

Canadian Club 40 Year Old, 45% ABV, $250 CAD

  • Nose: Big hit of caramel and vanilla, honey, lemon grass, slight rye spice.
  • Taste: Again, caramel and vanilla, rye, pepper, and apple pie filling.
  • Finish: Medium/long, very good viscosity, caramel and spice notes linger.
  • Thoughts: 7,000 total bottles, 100% Corn whisky aged in ex-rye barrels, oldest expression Canada has ever released. Canadian Club did this proper. They didn’t take advantage of Canada’s 9.09% rule, no additives, no colour. They did dilute to 45%, but I was actually surprised it wasn’t 40 or 43. I first tried this at an official CC tasting and wasn’t impressed at all. There was a youthful sharpness to it that threw me off, but I don’t get any of that this time. I actually quite enjoy this. At the launch event the bottle was cracked, poured, and was served within 10-15 minutes. This whisky obviously needs a lot of time to open up. $250 for a 40 year old is absolutely incredible value. But if you were to taste this blind I doubt you would equate that price tag to the juice. Bottom line it’s a Canadian whisky, this smooth, caramel and vanilla dominate, not overly complex, and pretty basic. But if you’re a CC fan or a Canadian whisky fan, you need this for the collection.
  • Score: 86.5 – 1.5 value point(s) = 85/100
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Scores:

After my initial score I will add or subtract points relative on how I perceive value (based on what I paid for the bottle). A zero value means I think the price is justified.

0-69.5 – Don’t bother trying, life is too short for bad spirit.
70-79.5 – Worth trying, but you’re not missing out if you don’t.
80-84.5 – I recommend trying.
85-87.5 – Definitely try this!
88-92.5 – I recommend buying a bottle blind!
93-95.5 – Stuff you reserve for special pours!
96+ – The meaning of life.
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My previous scores (including value points):
Ardbeg 10                                                     88.5
Ardbeg Corryvrickan                                 92.5
Ardbeg Kelpie                                              91.5
Ardbeg Uigeadail                                        91.0
Balvenie 15 Single Barrel – Sherry          89.0
Blanton’s Gold                                             87.0
Booker’s (2015-01)                                      89.5
Bowmore 12                                                 84.5
Bruichladdich Octomore 6.1                     92.0
Bruichladdich Octomore 6.3                     94.0
Bruichladdich Octomore 7.1                     89.5
Bruichladdich Octomore 7.3                     90.5
Canadian Club 40                                        85.0
Caol Ila 12                                                     82.0
Compass Box – Peat Monster                    85.5
Eagle Rare 10                                                85.0
Elmer T. Lee                                                  87.0
Glendronach 12 Original                           83.0
Glendronach 15 Revival                             92.0
Glendroanch 18 Allardice                          90.5
Glendronach 21 Parliament                      91.0
Glenfarclas 25                                              93.5
Highland Park 15                                         87.5
Highland Park 25                                         92.0
Jack Daniel’s SB-BP (16-0574)                   89.0
Kavalan Solist – Sherry Cask (58.7%)       90.5
Kavalan Solist – Vinho Barrique (57%)   89.5
Lagavulin 16                                                 90.0
Laphroaig 10                                                85.5
Laphroaig Cairdeas Madeira 2016          88.5
Lot No. 40                                                      88.0
Lot No. 40 Cask Strength 12yr                   91.5
Macallan 12 Double Cask                           79.0
Macallan 12 Fine Oak                                 84.0
Macallan 17 Fine Oak                                 87.0
Macallan 18 Fine Oak                                 85.0
Macallan 10 Sherry                                     83.0
Macallan 12 Sherry                                     88.0
Macallan 18 Sherry (1997)                         94.0
Macallan Edition 2                                      90.0
Orphan Barrel – Barterhouse                   88.5
Pappy Van Winkle 23yr                             93.5
Sazerac Rye                                                   88.5
Stagg Jr. (Batch 4)                                        83.0
Talisker 25                                                    89.0
W.L. Weller 12                                              88.0

 

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