Discover the differences between Canadian Club vs Windsor in this in-depth comparison and decide which Canadian Whisky is better for You!
- 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 a decent affordable Canadian whisky 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.
Windsor Canadian Whisky
- Nose: Caramel, citrus, ethanol.
- Palate: Vanilla, caramel, rye spice, oak spice.
- FInish: Warm and sweet.
The nose hits with ethanol at first, but fades into a sweet caramel scent with a hint of orange.
On the palate, Windsor lacks body as it feels thin. Flavor is smooth and artificially sweet, with a high vanilla and caramel note, light rye spice, along a subtle oak spice note providing some bitterness.
The finish lingers a bit, is mostly sweet and burny on the way down, but nothing too severe.
This is not something I recommend for sipping as the artificial sweetness becomes cloying after a few sips and the warm finish might be off-putting for some.
Don’t expect the Windsor to taste as the aforementioned, but this something that you can use a mixer when drinking on a paper-thin budget.
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There are a few facts worth knowing about the Windsor Canadian Whisky:
- Bottled at 80 proof (40% ABV).
- It has no age statement.
- Mash is comprised of rye, corn, wheat and barley in undisclosed amounts.
- Windsor was sold by Beam Suntory to the U.S.-based Prestige Beverage Group.
Canadian Club vs Windsor: Price comparison
Prices are approximate and stated in USD:
Canadian Club vs Windsor Canadian Whisky: Which is better?
Canadian Club is a better tasting whiskey
- Canadian Club is a versatile whiskey that drinks nicely neat or rocks and that can also be mixed to make smooth and sweet cocktails.
- The Canadian Club won’t be winning any awards, but is a champ in terms of value as it does not have any weird notes in a price range in which spirits tend to taste like rocket fuel.
- Windsor Canadian is a warmer dram and a little too sweet to make a sipper, yet can be used to make affordable homemade cocktails.
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