Canadian Club Whisky – Review

Canadian Club WhiskyCanadian Club Blended Canadian Whisky

80 Proof

Price Point: $10 – $20 for 750 ML

Distiller: Hiram Walker & Sons Distillery


What an iconic brand.  Canadian Club may not be what you think of when you think of top-quality whisky, but there’s no doubt it has a history all its own.  While Canadian whiskies may not always be my preference, I would be remiss not to include a review of Canadian Club on this blog at some point.


The nose is very Canadian – light and airy.  40% ABV even seems too high.  Canadian Club has almonds, and is slightly sweet and basic.  It’s one small step above nosing a vodka.

Canadian Club tastes like your average, run-of-the-mill Canadian whisky.  It’s not very woody; not very much of anything.  It’s just kind of there.  It does have a creamy mouthfeel which is somewhat redeeming.  If anything, it’s better on the palate than on the nose.

The finish is a little tingly and bitter.

Rating & Recommendations

Canadian Club earns a rating of 71 out of 100.

Old school Canadian whisky has its place as either the smooth, easy sipper or the stuff meant to be mixed.  Canadian Club falls into the latter category.




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    • Charles Shaulis on June 14, 2016 at 1:26 am
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    Hello, Ryan.

    The last time I remember drinking Canadian Club whisky was “CC & Ginger” in the Enlisted Men’s Club at Naval Training Center Great Lakes Illinois in 1971, back when I didn’t know any better, along with its American cousin, Seagram’s 7 with 7 Up , and on paydays when I had more money in my pocket, Seagram’s VO. Those were my whisky mainstays back then. I can’t say that it brings back fond memories, especially those nights when I’d have to hang a leg off the side of my bed to keep the room from spinning. Rites of Passage, I guess. I anxiously await your follow-up Black Velvet review. It’s the 3rd most popular thing to drink in Maine, behind Allen’s Coffee Brandy and Moxie.

    Regards to Sarah.


    1. Oh boy – reviewing Black Velvet would require me to purchase a bottle! Not sure I’m up for that…



    • Tam o' Banter on October 23, 2020 at 8:43 am
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    The worst thing about Canadian Club is that everybody always thinks of the most basic bottle. It’s as if all anyone every thought Single Malt Scotch Whisky was, was 10 year old Glenmorangie. The cheap bottle does what it is supposed to: provides sweetness and an easy drink. Other offerings from CC have more complexity and bite.
    So let’s not get snobby about it.

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