Crown Royal is a classic whiskey brand from Canada and is highly recommended to anybody looking for classic, smooth Canadian Whiskey.
This classic addition is ideal for cocktails and can be used in all of those whisky methods that don’t specify a particular style of Canadian Whiskey.
About Crown Royal
The Seagram corporation started its journey as a Canadian distillery in 1857 and raised to become one of the largest spirits manufacturers in Canada.
During prohibition in the US, the owners of the brand reportedly participated in bootlegging processes to bring their product into America and, as an outcome, paid 1.5 million dollars in fines in the 30s (Significantly more minor than the 60 million the American GOVT asked for, it’d be noted).
Post exclusion, again able to do some business unhindered in the US, the Seagram company decided to make a couple of new sub-brands of Whisky to satiate the US market. The two brands they developed were Seagram’s 5 Crown and 7 Crown.
Why were they named that? Well, it remains a mystery. There’re several apocryphal tales, but nothing that I would pin my reputation on. The creation of both brands dropped instantly during World War 2, and by the war had claimed one more causality: the less popular Seagram 5 Crown variety of Whisky was no longer produced.
Though, the Seagram 7 Crown version survived and would eventually become one of the most famous whiskies of the 70s, being the primary product to sell three hundred million cases in 83.
In 1939, President of Seagram Samuel Bronfman decided to launch a variant of Canadian rye whiskey to decency the visit of Queen Elizabeth and King George VI to Canada.
The company was successful in Canada but would not cross the border to the neighbor to the south until 1964. Since then, the drink has earned a solid following and remains the top-selling Canadian Whisky in the US.
The company would not last, however – in the early 2000s, several brand divisions were carved out and sold to more giant drink manufacturers. The mixers division was sold to Coca Cola group, which still produces them under Seagram’s name. As for the Crown Royal, those drinks are still produced in Canada at their own GIMLI plant.
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Crown Royal Canadian Whisky review
Elegant Crown Royal Style
Crown Royal Produced several blended whiskies, each made using the finely-tuned skill that has become a valid signature of Canadian style blenders. Creating a similar taste in a single whisky from the fifty-plus whiskies that can go into one of these in art and the blenders at Crown Royal whiskies are some of its masters.
Crown Royal Canadian Whisky is the bottle of Crown Royal that’s the most common expression available. It’s a blend of fifty different full-body whiskies that are then aged until deemed acceptable. It has no age statement.
Crown Royal Black and Northern Harvest Rye are 2 of the other signature expressions produced by the company.
They also provide a master series that shows the art of the Master blender in an even great style. And, in keeping with contemporary styles, Crown Royal Canada produces an apple and maple-flavored Whisky.
Every bottle comes wrapped in a royal purple-colored fabric bag with gold trim that clinches around the bottle. It might have a great taste, but the only thing that makes it stand out even more is that purple bag. You can forever tell a Crown Royal fan by the occasional appearance of the purple fabric bag that carries some premium stash of random items.
The bottle seems like a perfume container, with multiple facets cut into it to make it stand out and sparkle on the shelf.
It has a massive shoulder with a slender waist, almost in the form of a heart. The bottle tapers rapidly at the shoulder to a short neck, and the complete package is topped with a plastic gold-shaded screw on top. There is a felt bag the ships for the full-size variant of this product.
For the full-size variant of the product, there is a felt bag that the bottle ships in, adding some mystery to the packaging.
Crown Royal Canadian whisky features caramel and light vanilla notes on the nose. There’s no alcoholic burn as several whiskies. Instead, Crown Royal provides a gentle and charming bouquet with proud cake and lemon zest undertones. With a bit of splash of cold water, dark fruit and chocolate notes start to emerge.
Crown Royal Whisky is a mid-bodied drink with enough mouthfeel to be enjoyed on its own, but it’s also light enough for mixing touch. Little sweetness is in mark with caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, and oak to round out the flavor profile before a punch of rye spiciness passes over the taste.
Crown Royal Whisky delivers if you like a smooth, sipping a drink with just the correct amount of bite. Crown is an elegant Whiskey, and it is readily apparent why whiskey drinkers are such a devoted group.
It provides a surprisingly long finish with subtle hints of chocolate, toasted oak, and spice.
I have not had Crown Royal whiskies in about five years, but after the recent taste of the Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rey, I thought I would pop on down to a shop I know carries the 375s for cheap and give it a try… kind of wish I did not.
The standard release does not have the fantastic complexity and the deep, robust flavor of the hand-selected, nor does it have any approachable, soft notes of the harvest Rye.
It does work well in cocktails, but unluckily my 20 years old memories look slightly fonder of this than my 35 years old senses are of this one.
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