In this Canadian Club Whisky Tour (Hiram Walker and Sons), I learned that Canada is South of the Border. We are so used to believe that the US is South of Canada but, definitely not in Windsor. Our tour guide said that this is due to the shape of Detroit River that divides the two cities: Windsor (Canada) and Detroit (USA). Grab a map and see it. I didn’t doubt that. When I looked at Detroit across the river, the afternoon sun was in my left (a.k.a. West).
Hiram Walker was a prominent American distiller who is best known for his whisky company which he established in Windsor by buying a land in 1958 which later named as Walkerville–in his honor. Here, he developed the Canadian Club, a whisky that’s synonymous to Windsor or to Hiram Walker and Sons. Today, with 37 fermenters, the company boasts as North America’s largest distillery capacity–180,000 liters of alcohol (vodka, rum and whisky) everyday, five days a week.
I don’t wanna bore you with historical facts of Hiram Walker’s like and how he built his company but I’d rather bring you inside his property where a lot of things are witnesses of his past life.
Entrance to Canadian Club building where Hiram Walker and his sons used to hold office.
This office has a great view of the garden, river and Detroit skyline. And the best part of the tour was that we were allowed to sit in these old, elegant chairs. Unlike other historical houses, we can’t even touch them.
Yes, the bottle is 100 years old. That must be a really expensive, good, old whisky, eh? But, don’t be fooled, it’s empty! LOL….
In Hiram Walker’s office, old pieces of furniture are all in good condition–and you can even flip these old logbook on his table.
I guess, the Queen of England is a fan of Hiram’s whisky.
In Hiram Walker’s office, this canon, which he owned, is a good piece of conversation.
The Tasting Room.
Hiram Walker and Sons produces different kinds of alcohol shaped in different shapes and sized of bottles (depends on which country).
Do you know that there was a time when doctors can prescribe alcohol to their “patients”? Then, later….. there was a law that doctors can only prescribe a number/limited amount of alcohol to the public. I think that’s cool. LOL…
When our tour guide brought us here in the Speakeasy Room, I wasn’t surprised when she mentioned about Al Capone. The name of the room itself was my clue. Al Capone used to appear at the church nearing the end of the mass. He used/bribed the priests to export illegal amounts of alcohol in exchange of a good sum of donation.
Before the tour ended, we, of course, had a whisky tasting–two whisky of different flavours. I’m not a whisky person, so, I can’t say what a good whisky is. But, I do whisky coke. LOL….
The rose garden at the back of the building. A good spot to watch the sunset.
Splendid garden. Splendid view. Splendid sunset.
www.shorttrips.ca offers a Windsor-Pelee Island Tour where one of the destinations is the Hiram Walker and Sons – Canadian Club Whisky Tour.