NOSE: Rich and complex with a slight apple flavor and floral tones.
PALATE: Velvety, smooth and mellow, with defined oak tones, rich, spicy flavors of cinnamon and vanilla.
FINISH: Expansive and long-lasting.
Wine Enthusiast 93 points - This blended whisky, complex enough to sip, has a deep amber hue and flavors reminiscent of pecan pie. A long, smooth trail of nutty vanilla and caramel dries to espresso and a flurry of baking spice. - K.N.
Crown Royal is no Johnny Come Lately in the whisky world.
Crown Royal Reserve is, obviously, the reserve version of the classic Canadian blend. Re-released this month with a new design (and a fancy little gold bag). Formerly known as “Special Reserve,” the blend also gets a slightly new, less “Special” name. The recipe, however, is the same, a selection of less than 1 percent of the stock available to the company, notably including some spicy rye whisky.
Crown Royal Reserve is a very pleasant whisky, surprisingly easy to drink even without water. The heat is minimal, allowing you to focus on the spicy notes here: cinnamon and incense, and a surprisingly light touch of vanilla from the oak barrels. Finish is short but nicely sweet. Nothing too complex, but really quite compelling.
|The first exquisite blend of Crown Royal Canadian whisky was meticulously crafted from 50 select whiskies, dressed in the finest cut glass and wrapped in purple robes, to commemorate the first grand tour of Canada by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, in 1939. And in truly noble fashion, this bottle of Crown Royal was placed on the Royal train as a symbol of the hardworking and genuine nature of the Canadian people.
Today, the legacy of Crown Royal remains how it began, the epitome of Canadian whisky, with a smooth taste and a regal style all its own.