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Canadian Club Whisky

Canadian Club Blended
Canadian Whisky


By Robert Plotkin

In 1884, Hiram Walker first exported his 6-year old Canadian blended whisky across the Detroit River into the United States. It quickly became the brand of choice by the gentlemen members of exclusive taverns and men's clubs, earning it the name Canadian Club Blended Canadian Whisky. For more than a century it has been the bestselling brand of Canadian whisky in the world and justifiably so.

This famous whisky is comprised of a blend of continuous distilled whiskies. While its exact composition is a closely guarded secret, the blend is principally made up of corn whisky with lesser proportions of rye, malted rye and malted barley whiskies. These are blended prior to aging, allowing the elements to thoroughly integrate during their stay in white oak.

Canadian Club Whisky has a dry, rounded body and an enticing, pronounced bouquet laced with the aromas of grain, toffee and toasted oak. The whisky lilts over the palate without a trace of bitterness, leaving behind the lip-smacking flavors of caramel, butter, orange zest and notes of cereal. The whisky finishes long and relaxed.

Canadian whisky enthusiasts will also greatly appreciate the "double-matured" Canadian Club Sherry Cask Whisky. Select whiskies already aged a minimum of 8-years then undergo additional aging in ex-sherry casks. The super-premium Canadian Club Classic Whisky is assembled using the same mash bill and blended prior to being aged for a minimum of 12-years in used bourbon barrels. The result is a smooth, marvelously flavorful whisky.


Canadian Club Whisky Recipes

Black Cherry Tea
Tall glass, ice
Build in glass
1 oz. Canadian Club Classic 12
1 oz. Cruzan Black Cherry Rum
Fill with prepared ice tea
Lemon wedge garnish
C.C. Summer Bliss
Tall glass, ice
Build in glass
2 oz. Canadian Club Reserve 10 Year
1 oz. DeKuyper Triple Sec
Fill with strawberry/basil lemonade*
Fresh strawberries and lemon wedge garnish

*Strawberry/Basil Lemonade
Cut 1 pint of strawberries in half and drop into a large bowl. Cover the strawberries with sugar (about 1 cup) and refrigerate for 30 minutes. To the strawberries, add 4 cups of water, 2 cups of fresh lemon juice and 12 fresh basil leaves (roll up and tear into strips) and refrigerate for another 30 minutes. To enhance strawberry flavor, muddle the strawberries. Then strain the mixture to remove the fruit and pour into a serving pitcher, adjust with sugar to achieve desired sweetness, drop in a few fresh strawberries, lemon wheels and a sprig of basil.
C.C.s Holiday Manhattan
Cocktail glass, chilled
Pour into an iced mixing glass
2 3/4 oz. Canadian Club Whisky
1/2 oz. Sweet Vermouth
1/2 oz. Dry Vermouth
3 dashes Angostura Bitters
Splash fresh lemon juice
Stir and strain
Lemon twist and cherry garnish