Canadian Club is a great whiskey for the price. It is an under-rated blended whiskey, that compares well with premium labels like Crown Royal and Seagrams VO. It shows a little smokiness like a bourbon, but has the smoothness of Scotch. I would say it is as smooth as either of those Crown Royal or Seagrams VO. Seagrams VO is a tiny bit sweeter. Canadian Club is just as good as Crown Royal, but usually half the price. Besides, James Bond orders it in his the movie "Dr. No", and Al Capone reportedly had a thing for it.
Wine Maker Notes
Club Whisky became very popular and American distillers petitioned for the inclusion of the word “Canada” on the bottle to distinguish it from their competing whiskies, thinking it would halt the popularity of Walker’s. This backfired, only making Club Whisky more exclusive. Walker saw this and changed the label again in 1889 adding the word “Canadian” to the top of the label, distinguishing Walker’s recipe for his whisky from the other processes of the time (Scotch, Irish and U.S.). In 1890, the word “Canadian” was moved down from the top of the label and incorporated into the name of the whisky.