We were not particularly kind about the first release in this series (though the nose was exciting, the taste was rather disappointing) but, with this second release, dubbed Canadian Club 42YO Chronicles Issue No. 2, the joke's on us.
Outstanding in every way, the nose here is formidable (vanilla, almonds and ripe fruit—what a blend!) and the taste is exquisite and complex. The flavours are difficult to pull apart, and the experience is comparable to biting into a finely layered dessert. The most prominent features are sweetness, "deliciousness," and a subtle note of pepper. While it is not an affordable whisky (around $300), it is collectable and delectable.
We like to remind ourselves that Canadian Club is the whisky from Madmen. Would Don Draper sip on this Chronicles issue No. 2? Last time we saw Jon Hamm, the actor who used to play Don Draper, he was on hilariously silly Youtube commercials for SkipTheDishes. Jon Hamm is not Don Draper anymore. And Canadian Club is not a cheap whisky to enjoy on the rocks anymore—at least, not this 42 YO Issue. —Guillaume Garih