Today I noticed on the box of CC 6yo it was marked as DSP-KY-14
And on the box of the CC 12yo was DSP-KY-230 Beam - Clermont.
What's the deal? How long has this stuff been distilled by Beam?
I was rather surprised by this....
I think maybe it was simply bottled there.
Canadian Club is one of the brands Beam acquired in the break-up of Allied-Domecq, but I can't imagine why it would be bottled in Kentucky, unless it's because they do their Australian labeling there, or something else export-related. I know some Canadian whiskeys are shipped to the U.S. in bulk and bottled here, most notably Canadian Mist (Brown-Forman), but Canadian Club has always been Canadian-bottled.
It was bottled in Kentucky: see article following which I found online.
Club whisky will continue to be bottled here
Dave Hall, Windsor Star
Published: Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Canadian Club whisky produced for Canadian consumption will continue to be bottled at the historic Hiram Walker distillery under a new 10-year agreement reached between Pernod Ricard, which owns the distillery, and Canadian Club Whisky.
As recently as last fall a massive re-organization plan was under consideration which would have seen all Canadian Club bottling moved to Kentucky.
But Dan Tullio, director of Canadian Club Whisky, said Wednesday that "all bottling of Canadian Club for Canadian consumption will continue in Walkerville and we are looking forward to celebrating 150 years of production in Windsor next year."
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Canadian Club whisky will continue to be bottled in Windsor.
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But under Canadian regulations, all production, blending and aging of Canadian Club must be done in Canada in order for the brand to be called Canadian whisky.
The future of the Canadian Club brand in Windsor has been in question since Pernod Ricard purchased Allied Domecq, which owned Hiram Walker, in 2005.
In July 2005, in a $13.4 billion US deal, Allied Domecq, which had owned Hiram Walker since 1987, was purchased by Pernod Ricard.
To help finance the acquisition, Pernod sold various Domecq brands, including Canadian Club, to Fortune Brands, a U.S.-based company which is now a major player in the spirits world.
As a result of that transaction, Canadian Club fell under the umbrella of Jim Beam Brands, which is owned by Fortune, along with numerous other wines and spirit brands acquired in the same deal.
More recently, Corby Distilleries paid $105 million for the rights to Pernod's brands in Canada for the next 15 years, the international rights to Lamb's rum and the Canadian rights to Seagram's Coolers.
It also assumed responsibility for the management of Pernod's Walker distillery.
Instead of cash, Corby's handed over its 45 per cent stake in Tia Maria
Hiram Walker once employed 800 people at the distillery but that number has now shrunk to less than 350.
Other products still produced locally include Wiser's Canadian whisky, Polar Ice vodka and Lamb's rum for Corby as well as Malibu rum for Pernod.
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Thanks for the info gentleman!
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