Buying dad a bottle of whiskey and a couple of cigars for this Father’s Day doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank to get a great versatile spirit that he can enjoy year round in many different ways.
Canadian Club 100% Rye will check off any boxes you have for a good whiskey without the sticker shock that some other brands offer. Sure, the brand might make some rethink their purchase as they remember “CC” being the bottle they stole from their parents, but this whisky is delicious.
Plus the price will make you think about buying one for yourself.
“The right brand, at the right time and for the right price,” said Dan Tullio, Canadian Clubs Master Ambassador and the unofficial “Godfather of Whiskey.”
What is rye whisky?
While most whiskey uses corn as the main ingredient to achieve fermentable sugars and then blends in other types of malts, 100% Rye is exactly what it says. Rye malt.
“Canada — and in particular western Canada — is so perfect for rye malt because of the dry and arid climate that it offers,” said Tullio. “We use Alberta Distillers Limited, who have been making rye whisky for decades now, to produce the rye distillate, which then we combine and age. The rye malt grows perfectly in that part of Canada.”
Another difference with Canadian Club’s take on rye is that they age it in three different barrels.
“The different flavors of the oak come from the brand new White American oak, freshly dumped bourbon barrels and barrels that have been used more than two times,” said Tullio.
Rye itself imparts a certain spicy flavor to the whisky just on the sides of your tongue when you take the initial sip. You could take tasting notes from me, but I thought getting schooled in tastings from the Godfather himself would be more beneficial.
A tasting with the Godfather
First Tullio said that the best way to taste this whisky is by grabbing a rocks glass with “fresh” ice and just a few drops of water in the glass to open the flavors.
Aroma: “I pick up the gentle wood notes that come from the use of the three different types of barrels used in the making along with a strong waft of vanilla.”
Taste: “It’s extremely nice. You get the sweetness upfront but then the zest from the rye malt on on the side of your tongue that pairs with the caramel flavors for balance.”
Finish: “Long and pleasant. No burn.”
Now, how can you use it?
Whisky hasn’t always been thought of as an all day answer to your drinking needs. Whisky and sodas get old, and if you drank straight whiskey all day, you will have a world of other problems.
Bloody Mary or Caesars (as Tullio called them.)
Start the day off right.
Rather than adding a few shots of vodka, which almost impart no flavor, try using the whisky to enhance the already spicy nature of the drink.
Whiskey and beer pairing:
After the prime time for Bloody Marys is gone (though when is that really?), it will be time to switch to beer, but you don’t have to stop drinking whiskey either.
Try pairing a glass of the 100% Rye with an IPA or other hoppy beer. Again, the rye flavor and spice plus the sweetness of the whiskey will pair perfectly with a bitter IPA.
Suggested pairing: 100% Rye with Troegs Perpetual IPA (Trust me, I’ve done my research.)
Classic cocktail with a Rye spin
End the day by putting a twist on a classic cocktail like a Manhattan or Old Fashioned.
Check out these recipes:
100% Rye Old Fashioned
2 parts Canadian Club 100% Rye
8 dashes Angostura Bitters
Pinch of raw sugar
Orange peel to garnish
Muddle sugar and bitters in a rocks glass. Add Canadian Club® 100% Rye and ice. Stir and top with a orange peel as garnish.
Dry Rye Manhattan
2 oz. Canadian Club 100% Rye
1 part Dry Vermouth
1 dash Angostura Bitters
Lemon peel, zested over glass
Served straight or on the rocks.
Intern Jimi’s pick: Sazerac
Sazeracs have quickly been jumping my list in whiskey cocktails because of the intense flavor and bitterness. The 100% Rye will just enhance both of these even more.
1 Sugar Cube
2 1/2 oz. Rye Whisky
2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
1 dash Angostura Bitters
Instructions: Moisten the sugar cube in a mixing glass and crush it, add whiskey and bitters to that same glass. Take your serving glass and coat with absinthe. Strain drink mix into the old-fashioned glass. Enjoy!
By the end of the day and all these drinks, your dad should have a pretty good buzz on that you can ask him anything and he might agree. Just don’t get mad at me when the headache kicks in the next day.