Canadian Club Chairman’s Select 100% Rye. Not just a Select, but Selected by a man with a chair! A whole chair!
I gave this bottle as a gift to a few rye drinkers and have had this review sitting for a while. I think this is going to be a big seller this summer – it suggests mixed drinks on patios into long evenings.
Which is weird, for us to like a Canadian Club. Like, really weird. We’ve only liked one of the brand so far, and that was as a mix. And to be sure, as Dan noted, this is also meant to be mixed. But I know rye drinkers who drink this straight, or on the rocks. Which… seems bold for a member of the Club. And I just learned why, from The Rum Howler:
Canadian Club is Beam Suntory, and so is Alberta Distillers, from whom we’ve liked everything. And that’s where this bottle is born, out west. Kind of reminds me of 20 years ago; Kokanee west of Ontario was actually a pretty good beer, brewed in BC. But the Eastern Canadian version was brewed in a city in Ontario, and was pretty nasty. Maybe they know something about booze out there, something about the frontier spirit, maybe, or pickier alcoholics. Anyway, here’s what we thought:
Dan – rich caramel coloured
Simon – caramel colour
Goran – coarse middle class caramel coloured
Dan – softly firm pear
Simon – burnt pear drops, caramel, hairspray
Goran – brown sugar, hay
Dan – canadian whisky without the flavour
Simon – citrus lightness, to spice
Goran – surprisingly dry, spicy herbs, honey aftertaste
Dan – watery linger
Simon – pepper & film
Goran – dry finish, no butter, rose water
Dan – made to be mixed
Simon – better, sweeter
Goran – strangely more complex
Try it? Yes. Buy it? Yes.