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Crown Royal

Dried Banana

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

23rd Dec 2012


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Around 1875 the first settlers from Iceland founded the city of Gimly on the western shores of Lake Winnipeg. Today, it is still a small community of around 6000 souls. A little away from the fishing harbour you will find Gimly Distillery – or Diageo Global Supply Gimly Plant as it is now know. It boasts 46 warehouses where no less than 1.5 million casks are maturing, including the stuff that will be bottled as Crown Royal.

I get some light vanilla, but loads of rye on the nose. It has something old, but I cannot put the finger on it. Loads of rye means lots of spices. This nose reminds me of an American rye whiskey. Light hint of licquorice and citrus.

Slightly oily on the palate with maple syrup, corn on the cob and mild oak. Dried banana as well. Very sweet, indeed.

The finish is longer than expected and even a bit smoky.

Well, expectations were low, I admit, so this blend is a pleasant surprise. I am sure this would make for a good mixer. Merci, Jean-Francois, for the sample.

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Lars commented

Crown Royal is what a high percentage of Manitobans started drinking with and continue to do, very few drink it straight most cut with cola or ginger ale. Way to sweet for my taste. FYI: Originally blended for The reigning monarch King George VI, and his wife, Queen Elizabeth, who visited Canada in 1939. Crown Royal was introduced that year by Samuel Bronfman, President of Seagram as a tribute to the royal visit (hence the name). Crown Royal is produced solely at the Crown Royal distillery at Gimli, on the shores of Lake Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. It was available only in Canada until 1964.

I am not a huge fan of it myself but always keep some in a decanter on the bar for friends that come over and mix drinks.

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