I rated a different 20yr Canadian Rye a couple days ago, (https://newbourbondrinker.wordpress.com/2017/01/16/ninety-decades-of-richness-20-canadian-rye-whisky/) and this was the other bottle I bought from the LCBO. This is a “Limited Edition” yet my bottle was number 301,802… so I’m not sure if by limited they mean less than a million bottles? That’s not particularly limited to me… but what do I know? Anyway, on to the review…
CC20 is a 80 proof Canadian Rye whiskey, which a dark amber color. Much darker than the Nintey Rye I tasted a couple days ago, even though it had a higher proof. The nose has mint, menthol, eucalyptus, graham crackers, and vanilla with medium heat.
Even though this is only 80 proof, there is a decent balance here with the spices, flavors and just enough heat to make it enjoyable. There is a very smooth sweetness on it, that brings out the best of the Canadian Club, but with overlays of just enough complexity to make it a sipper rather than a mixer. The finish is moderate, but the mouthfeel is lacking due to the low proof and chil filtering.
This one certainly is better than the Nintey rye from the other day, but one wonders what could have been if it was bottled at 120 proof instead of 80 without any chill filtering. This could have been a really amazing rye if that was the case. But in classic Canadian fashion, they water it down and screw it up. Sorry, eh? 86/100.