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Crown Royal

Decent and unpretentious...

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@hunggarReview by @hunggar

2nd Sep 2014

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There’s only one distributor that I know of that sells Crown Royal in Taiwan. Being Canadian, this stuff is hardly new to me. But I haven’t tasted it in years, so I was keen to retry it my now that my palate has become more, um… refined? (ahem)

Nose: Bourbony, with rye spices, grain, vanilla, banana, sawdust, grapefruit pith, and just a touch of maple.

Palate: Rye, corn malt, maple, oak, and wood chips. The flavours are reasonably vibrant and fresh.

Finish: Cloves, corn malt, vanilla, maple, dried banana, rye, grain, and faint eucalyptus. The graininess is pleasant, albeit a bit unrefined.

I expected to dislike this more than I do. Perhaps it’s the rarity of rye in Asia, but I’m digging the “polite” Canadian profile. As it’s cheap with a low abv, this makes a nice after work dram in summer, particularly with ice. It isn't as luxurious as the Limited Edition that’s sitting in my cabinet, but that’s not a bad thing. It’s a bit less showy, if that makes any sense. Not intense or challenging, but straight-forward and enjoyable. Shame about the horrible bottle, though.

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4 comments

@MaltActivist
MaltActivist commented

hhmmmm that's a pretty decent score for a Crown Royal. Feeling a bit homesick, are we?

5 years ago 0

@hunggar
hunggar commented

Hah, you might be right @MaltActivist. Then again I might as well enjoy it now. On the rare occasions that I do go home this one's never anywhere near the top of the list.

5 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

Is "I expected to dislike this more than I do." damning with faint praise?

Sure, you can like mild-mannered drams and don't really need to feel guilty about it.

But, when you go back to Canada, you will have a lot more waiting for you than Crown Royal.

5 years ago 0

@hunggar
hunggar commented

Hah, maybe. I don't think many people approach CR with high expectations.

Very good point, though. Some of my favorite whiskies are mild-mannered, inexpensive, or young(ish). Whisky and snobbery mix poorly.

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