This is the regular issue, which I hadn't had in a few years, so I decided to try it again.
I happened to have it after an excellent glass of Blanton and rather to my surprise it held its own, very well in fact.
This bottle is quite sweet (I wonder if sherry or something is added), with a spicy/woody, very well-balanced palate. The rye is evident but is wreathed in some very soft wood fiber and I guess alcohol flavours.
A top-quality product. It is as good as John's Private Cask from Forty Creek just issued. They are not the same in palate to be sure, but equal in quality IMO again. Yet the CC is less than half the price, of the Blanton too (here in Ontario).
It would be interesting to do a blind tasting of Canadian whiskies: I'll bet CC would show up at or near the top. It would be interesting too to put CC in as a wild card in a bourbon or straight rye tasting. I wonder if people would pick it out as Canadian.
For this purpose, or any purpose now I think, I'd go with regular CC which is 6 years old I understand or thereabouts. The older CCs have their devotees but to me the regular one is best because the part of it composed of the low-distilled, rye "flavouring" whisky shows its character best that way. More aging tends to diminish and cover with wood the subtle straight or single rye notes (so to speak) in the blend.