Discover the differences between Canadian Club vs Forty Creek in this in-depth comparison and decide which Whisky is better for You!
Canadian Club 1858
- Nose: Licorice, caramel, apple, fennel.
- Palate: Caramel, baking spice, brown sugar.
- Finish: Short, rye spice, caramel.
The nose brings a licorice note at first, followed by caramel, apple and a touch of fennel.
On the palate, Canadian Club feels thin lacking in body. Flavor brings a caramel taste up-front, followed by moderate spicy notes of rye and baking spice and a tad of brown sugar.
The finish is short, with very little warmth to it, leaving an aftertaste of light rye spice, caramel and a subtle sour note.
Canadian Club is an easy and enjoyable whisky. Mostly sweet, rich in caramel, with some rye spice to it and just a sour note on the tail but nothing too severe.
Nothing remarkable about it yet nothing off-putting making one of the best cheap Canadian Whiskeys and a price hard to beat providing great value for the money.
Easy enough to be drunk neat or rocks, or when in the mood for a smooth and inoffensive cocktail.
Canadian Club gained notoriety in recent years due to the TV series Mad Men as this was the preferred whisky of Don Draper, played by Jon Hamm.
Drinking Canadian Club won’t make you look like Don Draper yet provides a good experience!
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There are a few facts worth knowing about Canadian Club:
- Bottled at 80 proof (40% ABV).
- It does not have an age statement.
- Canadian Club is product of the blend of 3 whiskies, one made from 100% corn, the other from 100% rye and the third is a mix of rye, malted rye and malted barley.
- 1858 refers to the year in which it was launched.
- Originally crafted in Detroit but moved to Ontario, Canada since the onset of Prohibition.
- Canadian Club is owned by Beam Suntory, the same parent of company as Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Knob Creek, among several others.
Forty Creek Barrel Select
- Nose: Vanilla, citrus zest, plum, toasted oak, alcohol.
- Palate: Vanilla, ripe fruit, rye spice, almond.
- Finish: Honey, black pepper, orange.
The nose has a brandy-like aroma that brings notes of vanilla, citrus zest, a bit of plum and light toasted oak with just a whiff of alcohol.
On the palate, the Forty Creek offers more body that the typical Canadian Whisky providing a decent mouthfeel. Flavor is sweet and smooth up-front, with hints of vanilla, ripe fruit, a bit of rye spice and a touch of almond.
The finish lingers more than you would expect from a basic release, a bit dry, with some honey to it, orange and a dash of black pepper.
Forty Creek displays very little heat, with nothing offensive or off-putting. An easy drinking and smooth Canadian Whisky, with an acceptable texture, sweet notes, with some rye spice providing balance to the dram.
Mixes well with Coke, but I feel it lacks the punch to deliver a tasty Old Fashioned making me prefer a classic rye whiskey.
Nothing spectacular about it, but nothing wrong about it providing a smooth and sweet night cap.
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There are a few facts worth knowing about the Forty Creek:
- Bottled at 80 proof (40% ABV).
- This whisky is made from a blend of rye, barley and corn whiskies, all distilled individually.
- The whiskies are aged from 6 to 10 years in different degrees of charred barrels before blending.
- Before bottling, the blend is rested for 6 months in ex-sherry barrels.
- The Forty Creek Distillery is located in Grimsby, Canada.
- This brand is owned by Campari from Italy, along the Wild Turkey Bourbon.
Canadian Club vs Forty Creek: Price comparison
Prices are approximate and stated in USD:
Canadian Club vs Forty Creek: Which is better?
Both are smooth, sweet and polite
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- These Canadians are quite similar as they are both sweet and smooth with no off-putting notes making easy budget drinkers.
- The Forty Creek provides a better texture and has more interesting tasting notes.
- Canadian Club is a champ in terms of value, though, as its price is hard to beat.
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