Review No.27. Canadian Club

Canadian Club is probably one of the most recognised Canadian whisky brands in the world and that is probably because of Don Draper (Mad Men) and that there is not a lot of Canadian whisky on offer in the UK unless you search hard.  This one is available at most supermarkets in the UK so you will have no trouble finding it.  I believe this one is influenced with rye so expect a bit of spice.


Whisky: Canadian Club Canadian Whisky, 40% vol.

Nose: Candy sweetness, liquorice, vanilla, cinnamon, sugar syrup

Taste: Sugary syrup, cinnamon, liquorice, oak

Finish: Short, sugar and oak

Score: 2.5

Summary: There is a sugary/candy sweetness to this one which verges on being sickly if it wasn’t for that liquorice note and spice.  This can benefit from a bit more alcohol to enhance more of the spice element. It offers something different to the other blends you would find at the supermarket.  I find this quite easy to drink, versatile and makes for a great session whisky to share with friends.



Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,

1 – not to my preference

2 – tastes fine but does not excite me

3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally

4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf

5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf


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One Comment

  • Toby Field

    I was really disappointed with this and it’s probably one of my least favourite whiskies. I know this is a mass market blend and is probably not designed to be drunk neat. However, I even tried mixing with Coke to finish the bottle quicker and was still disappointing. I found a big chemical smell on the nose but also a hint of maple syrup. I don’t know if this was my subconscious playing tricks with me because it’s Canadian :-). I think it was the bitterness on the palate that dominated the sweetness that put me off. For me, it’s definitely a 1.