Canadian Club and standard Crown Royal are Canadian Whiskeys but they are not Ryes and have not been for decades. Crown Royal makes a Rye, and it's decent. JP Weiser's is a Canadian company, they make several varieties, one of which is Rye. I can't find it in most NJ stores (Roger Wilco has it) but is readily available in better PA state stores- it is legal to import PA liquor into NJ, but not the other way around. No idea about Ohio.
I have been drinking Seagram's VO for decades, as I prefer it to Canadian Club. They are both Canadian whiskeys, very similar in taste, but I can tell the difference. Several on here have called CC a Rye whiskey. I agree with you -- It is not, according to labels. And it certainly does not taste like anything labelled "Straight Rye Whiskey."
The current-day Seagrams (successors to the brand) makes BOTH a Crown Royal "Blended Canadian Whisky" and a "Straight Rye Whisky" and their labels clearly state which is which.
There are a few bourbons which are often referred to as Rye whiskey. What a particular batch is called and what it is labelled should not be confused. Bourbon has a sweet, smoky ambience while Rye is a spicy, grainy, hard-edged version of bourbon.
If you live in Canada, it is a bit more confusing but since we're talking about Amtrak in the USA, let's agree that Bourbon, blended Whiskey (including those labelled Canadian which typically spell it 'Whisky"), and Rye are three distinct products. Wouldn't it be better to simply go with whatever the label says it is?
BTW, I rode the Canadian Toronto > Vancouver last month. They did not serve Seagrams VO, but did serve Canadian Club and the bartender and her superior commented they were basically the same so Via chose CC. Hmmmm.
Edited by Skyline, 09 June 2017 - 12:09 PM.