Canadian Club 100% Rye Whisky Review

Canadian Club 100% Rye Review

Canadian Club 100% Rye Whisky is the rye component of what would normally go into Canadian Club whisky. A typical Canadian whisky is made of corn, rye and barley that are each distilled and aged separately and then blended together before bottling. This blend is sometimes then put into other barrels for finishing or additional maturation, but often it’s blended in steel tanks and bottled straight away.

With how hot rye is right now It’s not hard to understand why CC put out the Canadian Club 100% Rye Whisky. If anyone has a ton of it just sitting around in barrels it would be the Canadians; this is why brands like Whistle Pig have been importing their rye from Alberta for so long. It’s really interesting to try this single component of CC and I think they should continue the tradition and release a 100% corn and 100% malt one as well.

Seriously, how cool would that be if CC released a bottles of all of their components so people could taste them on their own and create their own blends at home. They’d need to up the proof to at least 92 (46%) so we had some wiggle room with water, but if they did that I’d buy the whole set. Market it as CC deconstructed, offer it at a decent price and give consumers a whole new level of interaction with the spirit. Ah the things I would do if I had my own distillery. Anyways, on to the Canadian Club 100% Rye Whisky review!

Canadian Club 100% Rye Whisky Info

Region: Alberta, Canada

Distiller: Canadian Club
Mashbill: 100% Rye
Cask: ex-Bourbon
Age: NAS
ABV: 40%

Price: $18

Canadian Club 100% Rye Whisky Review

EYE
Caramel

NOSE
Big dollop of butterscotch followed by notes of dried fruit, vanilla, almond, toffee and lighter notes of honey and hazelnuts. There is an interesting sour beer meets a melon-like fruity underpinning happening. Odd.

PALATE
Butterscotch and grains shove through first, carving a path for weaker notes of caramel syrup, vanilla taffy, cinnamon and nuts to come through trailing something vaguely oily and char-like. It reminds me Jack Daniels in a way.

FINISH
Medium fizzle of butterscotch, spice, toasted nuts, toasted grains and that vague oily char character.

BALANCE, BODY & FEEL
The sweet butterscotch character is so heavy it throws it off balance. It carries a medium body and a slightly syrupy feel.

OVERALL
Canadian Club 100% Rye Whisky is better than I thought it was going to be, but not as good as I was hoping it would be. Regardless, it’s fun to taste this because you really see how much of the traditional Canadian Club character is derived from the rye component; hint, it’s a lot. Which is interesting to discover, I now know the culprit behind that cloying butterscotch and grain character that permeates good ol’ CC.

Though I will give the Canadian Club 100% Rye Whisky credit because it does have some added complexities and spice that I’ve never found in traditional CC and I like it more than I do the malt and corn blended variety. This is something that’s worth a taste, though at $18 it might be worth a bottle to have as a quick mixer.

SCORE: 80/100 (B-)

Canadian Club 100% Rye Review - Score Breakdown
  • Nose - 81
  • Palate - 81
  • Finish - 80
  • Balance, Body & Feel - 78

Summary

Canadian Club 100% Rye Whisky isn’t a bad deal for the price if you’re looking for a new take on rye.

Canadian Club 100% Rye Label

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17 Responses to Canadian Club 100% Rye Whisky Review

  1. You know, for $18 you can get some pretty decent bourbon. The CC bottle is nice looking though. Seems like the Canadian whiskey is okay for someone just starting out, but I quickly got bored with it. Guess it’s just a matter of taste. Keep up the good work. Enjoying the variety.

    • I enjoyed Canadian whisky quite a it about 8-9 years ago, but like you I seemed to have “out-grow” it, for lack of a better term, and don’t care too much for it these days. It’s missing that oomph.

  2. Hi Josh, glad to see you branching out into more Canadian whisky.

    FYI, CC 100% Rye is not actually the rye component of regular CC. Beam-Suntory owns both Alberta Distillers and the Canadian Club brand. Although they have chosen to use the CC label on this straight rye, it is actually a new product made from Alberta Distillers rye (as opposed to regular CC, which is made by Hiram-Walker). This is why you are finding new flavours in it – it really has nothing to do with CC, except for the name.

  3. I ordered a bottle this at my local liquor store and will be receiving it Tuesday and I’m looking forward to trying it.
    I used to drink a lot of Canadian Club and other Canadian whiskeys before I got into American whiskey. I used to love the Canadian Club Classic 12 year. In other words, I’ll always have a soft spot for CC.

  4. Well I tried it and liked it. Only thing is its real hard to find in my area. My county stores seem to have a hard time getting it. If I want
    to drive 25 miles i stand a chance of finding it in an out of county store, at a considerable increase in cost naturally. I’m not big on the burn thing. Call me a sissy. Three of the Ryes I’ve tried that I like so far are from Canada. The American Ryes still like that burn, like Bourbon. I don’t care for it. I like it over a few cubes with a splash of club soda. I like the taste of distilled spirits, and this is very pleasant.

  5. Glad that you reviewed this new CC offering. Same here-better than regular CC but not as good as I hoped. The rye notes I expected are muted. Why are most Canadian whiskies only 80 proof? Maybe ramping it up to 90 would improve the flavor. Great idea of CC releasing 100% versions of each grain! Has any other distillery ever tried this?

    • None that I know of and I wish they’d do at least 92 proof (46%) so they’d be non-shill filtered and give the full experience. I bet they’d be much better.

      Cheers Kraig!

  6. I have to disagree on your scoring with my personal taste. I think it rates a little higher in each category. It is by no means super complex and necessarily a very hearty rye but i think overall it is well rounded. The 40% probably the reason it is a bit light hearted but nonetheless it is a quality rye. It has some very nice vanilla and spice but is a little lack luster on the finnish.

    I like all types of rye. From Willet Family Estates which are some of the biggest baddest and boldest ryes available to a Rittenhouse which is only 51% rye and a different animal all together. This one has it’s place, an easy drinking for early evening or afternoon neat sipper.

    I also have a bottle of the Crown Royal Rye and that is a much sharper and spicier rye IMO. Its 45% and 90% rye and I enjoy it very much. Thanks for the review and the work you do here!

  7. This is actually on sale at a store near me for $13. Definitely debating picking it up…I’m curious how that price might have affected your review. Cheers!

    • Thanks for sharing Scott. I never let price influence my score. I try, to the best of my ability, to only think about what’s in the glass. If it’s a sample / sent to me it’s literally the last thing I look up so it doesn’t influence anything I think about a whiskey.

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