Crown Royal Fine De Luxe Review

Country: Canada
Brand: Crown Royal Fine De Luxe
Imported in the USA - and bottled by The Crown Royal Co., Norwalk (CT)
Type: Blended Whisky
Age: NAS (Minimum 3 years)
Alcohol: 40%

Colour: Golden Amber

Nose: Sweet Grain similar to Bourbon but lighter, Caramel, Vanilla (Custard), Maple Syrup, Oak. Some Fruity Tones (think of Banana and Cherries). Hardly any Alcohol here.

Taste: Slightly Watery Delivery. Sweet Corn, Oak, Spices, Brown Sugar

Finish: Short, Dry, Slightly Bitter, Licorice, Spiced Rye and Oak.

I added a couple of drops of water that brought some Honeyed Sweetness to the Nose. But it waters down Palate and Finish so better drink this neat

Rating: 77.5   

Nose: 21 – Taste: 19 – Finish: 18 – Overall: 19.5

General Remarks: The Crown Royal Fine De Luxe is a Blend of 50 different whiskies, created in 1939 by the Seagram Company to celebrate the visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. It is made of Corn, Rye and malted Barley. It matures in a mixture of older – and new White Oak Barrels. It is produced at the Crown Royal Distillery at Gimli on the shores of Lake Winnipeg (Ontario). Today’s owners are the Diageo Group. It’s the best selling Canadian Whisky in the USA.

Drinking Experience Neat: Good

Conclusion: Pleasant Nose is not matched by an equally good Palate and Finish. I can see why it’s the best selling Canadian whisky in the States though. It’s quite similar in taste when compared to Bourbon. The Crown Royal would cost anything between 15 and 30 US Dollars, depending on where you live. For that price I prefer to buy a Bourbon. It does the same job, only better!

Jan van den Ende                                                            September 8, 2012

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