Canadian Club Whisky may be a bit under-rated, and perhaps that's why I like it so much. It's like the shy girl in glasses who really loosens up on the first date. You didn't know what to expect when you took it off the shelf, but this whisky could turn out to be the best thing that's happened to your liquor cabinet in a very long time.
Canadian whiskies are known for their smooth, light taste. They are blended whiskies made from barley, corn and rye grains. Stylistically, Canadian whisky has some of the smokey flavor of bourbon, but its smoothness is closer to Scotch.
It isn't as distinctive as either, but that is probably what most consumers like about it. It mixes well in any cocktail calling for whiskey, and if you prefer your liquor straight or neat, then the taste won't blow you away.
Canadian Club is a very good example of what Canadian Whisky is supposed to be. In a side-by-side comparison with Crown Royal and Seagrams VO Canadian, Canadian Club was just as good.
The color was a little lighter than the Crown Royal, but darker than the Seagrams. The flavor was smoother than the Crown, but not quite as sweet as the Seagrams.
It should be pointed out here that the differences were subtle. If you don't taste them side-by-side, then you probably won't notice any differences.
The Value Proposition
For the most part, it is hard to find good deals on liquor. That is because with liquor the price tag is almost always a very good indicator of quality. The higher the price - the better the liquor. Usually.
Putting Canadian Club up against Crown Royal might seem like an unfair comparison. After all, Crown Royal has the reputation for being the best, and it costs twice as much.
Plus, I admit it; I have a small pile of little blue felt bags in the cabinet to prove my appreciation for the Crown Royal brand.
But I've learned something new here. To this Drunken taste tester Canadian Club whisky is every bit as good as Crown Royal � maybe even better. And at half the price it is hard to justify buying Crown Royal unless you're really into the cute little bags.