Do you like old whisky? Like, really old whisky? Canadian Club has launched its oldest expression ever, Canadian Club Chronicles Edition 2, which clocks in at 42 years old. The expression, also known as Issue No. 2: The Dock Man, is the follow up to last year’s Chronicles Edition 1, a 41 year old bottling. Says CC: “The limited-edition expression, also known as Issue No. 2: The Dock Man, celebrates the dock worker of years past who consistently delivered quality whisky to bar owners and drinkers when counterfeit whisky ran rampant during the Prohibition era.”
We got a surprisingly sizable sample to review, so let’s dig in.
The nose: Baffling, and if I didn’t know better I’d have thought it was single grain Scotch, not a rye-heavy Canadian. There’s a distinct cereal note here, along with notes of honey and buttered popcorn — heavy on the butter. A slightly smoky character evolves over time. On the palate, few surprises await. The body is somewhat chalky and it’s heavy with notes of cereal and pipe tobacco. A touch of red wine influence lingers to the finish, where a surprising grip awaits the tongue. Throaty and gritty with burnt cereal notes and creosote, it’s a middle-aged whisky that tastes, appropriately, middle-aged.