Review: Canadian Club Small Batch Classic 12

Paid: $20 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Hiram Walker / Beam Suntory

Region: Canada

40% ABV

Aged For: 12 Years, batch C12-018

Mashbill: Undisclosed amounts of barley, rye, and corn

Cask Type: First fill bourbon or ex-Canadian whisky barrels

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added: Yes

Color: Golden

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Caramel, grains, vanilla, maple, cedar, rye, and cream

Feel: Light bodied

Taste: Vanilla, honey, maple, rye, oak, baking spices

Finish: Short, little warmth, vanilla, cream, honey, oak, caramel, and a slight bitter aftertaste

Thoughts: For $20 this isn’t bad, it’s simple and easy to drink, whisky for people who think bourbon is to intense sort of thing.

Score: 70 out of 100

Review: Canadian Club Chronicles 41

Paid: $299 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Canadian Club / Beam Suntory

Region: Canada

45% ABV

Aged For: 41 Years, but additives may be younger, batched and barreled in 1977

Mashbill: Blend of whiskies using rye, malted rye, malted barley, and corn

Cask Type: Undisclosed, but likely refill casks

Chill Filtered: Yes

Addatives: Blended with amounts of Cognac, rye, and sherry

Color: Golden

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: White chocolate, oak, white pepper, butter, sweet corn, cloves, pipe tobacco, and muscat grapes

Feel: Medium body

Taste: Vanilla, cream, butter, caramel sauce, coffee, apples, milk chocolate, oak

Finish: Gentle warmth, medium length, a touch more pepper and oak with vanilla, custard, almond paste, and more white chocolate with just a touch of sherry

Thoughts: If you like vanilla or white chocolate with a touch of fruit this will be the drink for you. Blended more for the average persons idea of a fancy whisky rather than a whisky snob, but still a good showing. Cut the price tag in half and it would be a great buy.

Score: 83 out of 100

Review: Little Book Chapter 2: Noe Simple Task

Paid: $80 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Jim Beam & Undisclosed Canadian Distiller(s) / Beam Suntory

Region: Kentucky & Canada

55.9% ABV

Aged For: NAS (Blend of 8, 13, and 40 Year whisky)

Mashbill: Undisclosed (Blend of Kentucky rye, Canadian rye, and Canadian Corn whisky)

Cask Type: Mix of new charred oak, re-charred barrels, and ex-bourbon casks

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Golden

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Cinnamon rye spice, butterscotch, eucalyptus, vanilla syrup, lavender, caraway seeds, cracked corn, and caramel, the scent of alcohol lingers moderately in the background

Feel: Medium body

Taste: Cloves, tobacco, black pepper, rye, oak, cinnamon, toffee, butterscotch, herbal notes with perhaps cumin? Apple and VSOP brandy if I really focus on the fruit aspects. Bounces back and forth between sweet and spicy herbal.

Finish: Medium length and warmth. If the palate fought over spicy and sweet, sweet is winning now. Oak, vanilla, caramel, honey, butterscotch, and cream soda, with rye spice having a nice linger in the background.

Thoughts: I actually think Freddie made a decent blend here. The rye spices and sweet buttery flavors of old Canadian corn whisky pair nicely. The palate could have used a bit more body, and with most releases these days its priced $25 to $35 dollars over what it should be, but overall its something I think most fans of rye or bourbon would enjoy.

Score: 82 out of 100

Crown Royal Hand Selected Barrel Duex


Paid: $60 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Crown Royal / Diageo

Region: Canada

51.5% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Mashbill: 64% corn, 31.5% rye, and 4.5% malted barley

Cask Type: New oak, and maybe reused casks

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Sharp grain, sweet oak, vanilla, honey, earth, flowers, and light bubblegum

Feel: Medium body

Taste: Sweet, simple syrup, honey, artificial vanilla, corn, and oak

Finish: Medium warmth and length, sweet oak and bubblegum, touches of fruit and oak

Thoughts: Much harsher than the last barrel I tried and I’m hoping some air will do this one good over time.

Score: 75 out of 100

Crown Royal Hand Selected Barrel

Crown Royal Hand Selected Barrel

Price: $50 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Crown Royal / Diageo

Region: Canada

51.5% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Mashbill: 64% corn, 31.5% rye, 4.5% malted barley

Cask Type: New oak

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No



Color: Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Vanilla, honey, confectionary sugar, oak, sweet corn

Feel: Medium body

Taste: Vanilla, oak, sugar, honey, cinnamon, maple

Finish: Maple, butterscotch, cream, honey, pepper, and vanilla

Thoughts: There you go Crown, you can make a good whiskey! It’s on the sweet end, but the much-improved mouthfeel and robustness of higher proof address my beef with a lot of Canadian whiskey. Also the lack of filtration and additives help the flavor immensely.

Score: 85 out of 100


Orphan Barrel Entrapment


Price: $125 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Gimli / Diageo

Region: Canada

41% ABV

Aged For: 25 Years (Distilled 1992)

Mashbill: 97% corn, 3% barley

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon, possibly others

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No



Color: Light Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Caramel, sugar, vanilla, oak, bubblegum, butterscotch

Feel: Light bodied

Taste: Vanilla, oak, caramel, brown sugar, rum like, coconut

Finish: Light warmth and shorter finish, sweet caramel and vanilla, with coconut, rum, and confectionary sugar

Thoughts: There’s nothing offensive about this, its sweet, straightforward and an easy sipper. But this in no way warrants it’s limited release status and the price it is selling for. It’s an alright whiskey that was put in a sexy bottle and selling given the current state of the whiskey market.

Score: 80 out of 100

Whistlepig 10 Single Barrel Exit 9 W&L


Paid: $70 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Alberta Distillers / Whistlepig

Region: Canada / Vermont

60.4% ABV

Aged For: 10 Years

Mashbill: 100% rye

Cask Type: New charred oak

Chill Filtered: No



Color: Dark copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Vanilla, mint, oak, rye, herbs, pepper, cinnamon, caramel

Feel: Full bodied

Taste: Rye, cinnamon, leather, oak, caramel, vanilla, mint, and earth

Finish: Warm, and lasting, with oak, spices, sweet tobacco, coffee, cream and cinnamon

Thoughts: Not as good as the last single barrel WP I had but still a good buy in the current market, and a nice alternative to the MGP and Kentucky ryes.

Score: 87 out of 100