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.