Rich, Amazing History for Canadian Club Whisky

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Canadian Club’s Fascinating History

Hiram Walker founded his distillery in 1858, but with Michigan becoming “dry” ince Prohibition was declared, he decided to move the business across Lake Erie into Canada.

From here he could export whisky and he developed a town he called Walkerville – a model community that Hiram financed so employees would have housing as well.


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Walker’s whisky was so popular in gentleman’s clubs of America and Canada it became known as “Club Whisky.”

Walker originally pitched his product not only on smoothness or purity but also his five-year ageing process.

When Club Whisky became so popular, opposition American distillers took legal action to force Walker to add the word of “Canada” on their bottles to distinguish it from their own competing whiskies, thinking this would hamper its success. 

This backfired, because once Walker changed his brand in 1889, adding the word ‘Canadian’ it only made Canadian Club even more exclusive! 

Walker’s distillery passed to his sons upon his death in 1899. At one point, the Walkers employed almost the entire population of Walkerville, where they also built police and fire stations, brought in running water and installed street lights. 


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In 1890, the Canadian government acknowledged Walkerville as a legal town. It was incorporated into Windsor in 1935.

During the years of Prohibition, one of the distillery’s most important clients was Chicago gangster Al Capone, who smuggled in thousands of cases of Canadian Club via a route from Windsor to Detroit.

Canadian Club Royal Warrants

Canadian Club has received the royal warrants of Queen Victoria, Edward VII George V and Elizabeth II.

Hiram Walker & Sons is unique in North America as it holds these prestigious appointments which no other distillers can boast to have achieved until now. 

This made them one step ahead at having been granted a date with destiny when they celebrated their 250 year anniversary in 2021.

Canadian Club Background

Canadian Club 100% Rye is a great choice if you’re looking for an affordable, quality blended whisky.

Made from Mash unfit to be served anywhere other than in Canada, and ageing it onsite at Alberta Distillers’ facilities, ensures that this spirit has all the rich flavors one expects from Canadian whiskies without any added sugars or chemicals.

Canadian Club’s caramel hints and unique oakiness are delivered via several different types of barrels used during production – including new charred American Oak valued mainly because its high temperature exposure changed some components within the wood itself.


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Canadian whisky is often thought of as a sweeter, lighter spirit than its bourbon or scotch counterparts.

Though there are fewer legal requirements for making Canadian whiskey compared to other countries, (notably because it’s not actually considered an alcoholic beverage), this doesn’t mean that Canada doesn’t have itsll own guidelines on how they want things done!

In Canada, rye whisky and Canadian Whisky are used almost interchangeably.


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The story goes that a few hundred years ago distillers began throwing rye into their spirits.

This added to the flavour with its strong note of toastiness when mixed in amongst other grains like corn or wheat for instance.

This caused people craving it even more so they started asking specifically “for” it by name! This how Canadian whiskies became popularised as ‘Rye’.

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