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As I’ve said before, Canadian whisky isn’t my specialty. There are a few I like, and I thank @paddockjudge for introducing me to the genre and educating me. He also provides me with samples (like this one) so that I don’t have to fill my cabinet with bottles I may not ever want to reach for, but I still get to try a variety of styles.
Today is the first time (to my knowledge) that I have tried a Crown Royal product. This was the second one I tried after reviewing Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye.
Nose: Immediate fruit blast which fades quickly, rye spice, a baking spice – the smell of Granny Smith apples when my mother cuts them and mixes them with cinnamon and sugar (and a little lemon juice?) and is about to put them into a pie crust. Later light honey or syrup. 21/25 a drop or two of water brings the cinnamon out a little but not much else.
Taste: First sip is mild, fruity, sweet. A touch of spice that grows with subsequent sips. Pleasant but unremarkable 20/ 25
Water makes it a touch sweeter.
Finish is sweet with a citrus aftertaste but short. On exhaling sometimes I get a bourbon note. 20/25
Balance: although unremarkable, it’s fairly balanced: 21/25
Total Score with or without water: 82
PS: mixing this with Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye in equal proportions creates something better than the NHR and more complex than the Monarch. I am not sure I would repeat it.