Review: Lord Calvert Canadian Whisky

Review: Lord Calvert Canadian Whisky

I have to say, I was only interested in Lord Calvert, a budget Canadian whisky imported by Luxco, because it is now available in a limited edition decanter that looks like a dog with a dead duck hanging out of its mouth. 4500 of these, made in partnership with Ducks Unlimited and all filled with Calvert, are available for $100.

Or you can get a regular old bottle of Lord Calvert (pictured at right), which is now celebrating its 50th anniversary, for $11. Your pick.

Either way, Lord Calvert is made from a mix of rye, corn, wheat, and barley, aged three years. (36 months, to be specific, according to the label.)

The nose is initially innocuous, a little heavy on raw alcohol notes but otherwise quiet with modestly sweet granary notes. Breathe deep though and that alcohol really starts to dominate, taking on a plastic-like hospital character.

The palate doesn’t exactly sing, and though it offers some unusual evergreen and eucalyptus notes, the primary focus is on cereal, which is dusted with notes of mushrooms, sour cherries, and green beans, with more overtones of rubbing alcohol. The finish is short and fairly hollow. It’s got a bit of a random collection of flavors, to be sure, but let me say this: It’s nothing I’d feel unusual about while pouring out of a decanter shaped like a hunting dog.

80 proof.


Lord Calvert Canadian Whisky




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. Pat on January 26, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    Ok — have a glass beside me — poured from the dog — and looked up reviews wondering “is it me?” LOL Make no mistake — A WONDERFUL gift from a dear brother. But as I read your spot on review I am assured that my palate isn’t crazy.

    • Christopher Null on January 26, 2019 at 7:45 pm

      You’re saying it’s a bit ruff?

  2. C H on December 19, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    I love that stuff. It’s the best. Sweet and flavorful with just the right bite. I’m not a whiskey expert and only an occasional whiskey drinker but when I do, I prefer CLC. Nothing tastes the same.

  3. John muilenburg on November 2, 2021 at 1:50 pm

    I just purchased 6 bottles Of CLC it was date stamp made in 2015th is this still good a tastes very harsh

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