This one surprised me on the shelf with its eye-catching box. I'd never heard of it before and the description was hardly off-putting. Basically this is a blend consisting of a (presumably) high proportion of the "bourbon mash" whisky which is a key component of the Crown Royal Deluxe blend. Aged in charred virgin oak and ex-bourbon barrels.
Nose: quite rich with caramel corn and lots of toasted oak. A slightly pungent note lurks in the background but doesn't detract from the overall impression.
Taste: packs a nice punch considering 40% alc/vol. Not as sweet as your typical bourbon, leaning more toward a spicy/oaky character.
Finish: a bit of sweetness and a lot of drying oak and grain.
Balance: could use just a tad more sweetness to balance all that oak. Nonetheless, an enjoyable and versatile whisky which sips well neat or on the rocks and will certainly do well in classic cocktails. A worthy companion to the distinctly enjoyable Northern Harvest Rye. Whether bourbon lovers will accept it for what it is, I have no idea but I've already been reading some backlash on the Web for Diageo's audacious naming scheme. For myself, a repeat buy.