Review: Canadian Club 42 Year Old Canadian Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

Photo courtesy of Canadian Club.

Photo courtesy of Canadian Club.

42 Years; Refill American Oak
100% Corn
Distiller Hiram Walker (Windsor, Ontario)

Canadian Club keeps upping the anty, continuing to reset the record for oldest Canadian whisky ever released. This corn whisky at the heart of this is 42 years old! The 1977-distilled spirit composes more than 90.9% of the release, and is blended with cognac, sherry, and a bit of 16 year old rye, and 12 year old pot still rye to create a more dynamic flavor profile.

Review (2020)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2019

A relatively soft nose, with loads of complexity behind it – gooseberries, mixed berries, blueberry, grape, and old-age notes. Also lots of dried fruit, coca-cola, lots of dried fruit, green pea pods, clove (with some associated bitterness), marmelade, orange peel, white pepper, and a bit of douglas fir. The fruit is quite nice, throughout.  The palate carries forward the notes of the nose – rich old aged whisky, beeswax, blueberry, dried fruit, a sherry nuttiness, light notes of wine gums, and more coca-cola. Lots of nice spice in it and is quite nicely blended together. The finish is slightly tangy, with vanilla, fresh oak, candied fruit, and some milk chocolate.

As you can see, lots of candied fruit here – but this is an excellent whisky, don’t let those tasting notes detract.
They’ve built around the aged whisky – and it is good, but I still have found the bottles subsequent to the 40 not quite as fitting to my taste. This one is a bit more fruity, candied, and confectionary. But…they’ve all been very good.

Highly Recommended (50% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).
Value: On a taste basis alone, low, at $310. As context, my limit for the perfect whisky is $300, so we’ve eclipsed that here, and value is quite subjective at the upper end. What would a 40 year old Scotch cost? An order of magnitude more…