Review: Canadian Club Sherry Cask Whisky

The top of the Canadian Club line, this limited-run Canadian whisky is made in small batches and aged a minimum of eight years in white oak barrels and finished in old Jerez sherry casks. Bottled at 82.6 proof into traditional and elegant bottles (complete with natural cork closure), it’s a long way from the Canadian Club you might be used to.

canadian-club-sherry-caskLike most Canadian Club expressions, this dark amber spirit hints at exotic spices, but the nose doesn’t offer many hints. The aroma is mostly of plain alcohol, with just a whiff of caramel.

Canadian Club Sherry Cask opens up considerably when you sip, offering pretty hefty flavors of sweet caramel, oak wood, and a touch of incense. Not very much sherry for my tastebuds, which is a bit surprising. At first I was a little overwhelmed with the Sherry Cask, as there’s a lot going on in this whiskey and it doesn’t always come together quite the way it should, finishing with quite a bit of roughness around the edges as the elements in play here struggle to come together. Continued sipping — sans water, it doesn’t need it — helps make sense of the thing. Nothing here will knock your socks off, but it’s still worth a try if you’re a fan of Canadian — especially if you can find it on the cheap (I’ve seen it advertised for as little as $24 a bottle, though $30 is more common).

B / $30 / canadianclubwhisky.com

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2 Responses

  1. B.Lewis December 10, 2010 / 1:53 pm

    Really very good, especially for the price. Very similar to the crown XR, but not as complex, understandably.

  2. John July 2, 2011 / 11:06 pm

    Just tried it after purchasing a $16 close-out bottle. My palate might not be up to snuff but I tasted intense sherry flavors. As if it wasn’t just cask aging but actually a mixture of sherry and whisky. Who knows I may be way off but the heavy raisin flavor and overpowering sweetness didn’t let me enjoy this as much as i wanted to. Don’t really know what to do with the rest of the bottle.

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