Two new Canadian Clubs are available: one is Canadian Club 20 years old, the other is Founders Whisky. The former is the CC norm of 40% abv but Founder's is 43.4%. Founders on the paper strip over the stopper cork is stated as, "Imported", so clearly it is mainly available in duty free and other export markets. Both are about $50 (CAN) each.
I found them good of their kind but withal, disappointing. They are resolutely in the Canadian Club mold, just more so: more cedar chest/cigar box in nose and taste, more oak, more tannin.
There is, I think, some real rye whisky in the newbies, especially in the 20 year old, but the effect is hardly noticeable, there is a light steely taste at the end which seems to denote the flavouring whisky element. The Founders Whisky states no age by the way but I suspect it may contain whisky of 25 years of age or older.
The approach here is to give us what is already in the market, just more of it as stated above. Arguably however Canadian whisky, comprised mostly of a high proof spirit base, does not benefit from more than 10-15 years of oak barrel aging. Founders Whisky in particular has a tannic edge I find somewhat unpleasant. The 20 year old is better, disclosing good sweetness and an oaky complexity, but again, for a company which releases new whisky only rarely, it isn't that much of a change from the CC status quo ante.
The way to go, in my view, is to release whisky with a greater proportion of straight (flavoring) whisky, especially rye whisky. The withdrawal of Lot 40 from the market, and the release of these new CC's, suggests this is not how Hiram Walker wants to do it. Fair enough, but I don't believe these new products offer much that is really new and arguably they are not as good as the existing CC's in the 10-15 year old range.