A few weeks ago I was invited to Windsor for an exclusive two day tour of the Canadian Club Brand Centre. I'll be honest and say I was a little hesitant at first because my general rules is, "if it's brown, it don't go down" - only for booze of course, get your mind out of the gutter. But my FOMO once again, got the best of me and I leaped at the chance to go. Can you just imagine all the food I'd be missing out on if I stayed at home!? So a handful of amazing people and two lovely ladies from Praxis PR headed off to good ol' Windsor, Ontario.
When we arrived we were greeted by our lovely host Tish Harcus the Canadian Club (CC) Brand Ambassador. Kudos to CC for having a vivacious, charismatic and loveable ambassador like Tish! She was a total badass. Before introductions were done, we all had a drink in our hands and I had my first big gulp of whisky ...and it was only two in the afternoon. I was in the big league now kiddies.
With drinks in hand, we headed out on our VIP tour of the Canadian Club Brand Centre - which p.s who knew was in Windsor?! P.P.S this was my first ever trip to Windsor - which I find very similar to Hamilton - you gotta be in it to love it!
Back to the tour - the Brand Centre still holds the original accounting books, furniture, art work (like an entire room of Group of 7 paintings - say what?! #mindblown) and every bottle of CC ever made - Hiram Walker (the founder of CC) and his boys made some legit coin back in the day. Tish might have mentioned Thomas Edison being one of Walker's home boys too so CC was one of the first buildings to have electricity - how's that for a hook up?!
I can't even begin to tell you the stories about CC Whisky - from the speakeasy in the basement with Al Capone - and the bullet hole he left behind, to the stories of how Hiram Walker smuggled it back to Detroit using an apple and a dogsled during the winter months - and don't even get me started on the ghost stories about the Brand Centre. At one point I was holding in my pee cause if I ever learned anything from horror movies - #%$ always goes down in the bathrooms!
I highly recommend a quick zip down highway 401 W (three hours, no biggie) into Windsor. Splurge for the VIP tour so you get the full Tish experience! For info on tours go here.
Follow along every Mondays in August where I share some of my favourite parts of the tour and some good eats along the way. Apparently, Windsor has a decent food scene.