Canadian Whisky - Flavored

Crown Royal Regal Apple Flavored Whisky

From: Manitoba, Canada Liquor Review Category: Flavored Canadian Whisky

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Tier 3
This is a Tier 3 score in the Whiskey category. It means critics recommended the spirit but it will be a value brand or have an exotic taste.
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San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2015

Beverage Testing Institute

  • This bottle has not been rated by this competition.

Wine Enthusiast

  • 2015

Proof66 Notes

Crown Royal Apple was first launched in 2014 presenting in emerald green packaging (in stark contrast to the royal purple for which the brand is often recognized). It uses their flagship whisky as the base and then infuses with "natural apple flavors." Despite the notoriety behind "all natural" flavors in the industry, in this case Crown uses the Regal Gala apple as their base flavoring agent and use an actual immersion into alcohol. They suggest looking for flavor notes of caramel and spice as well and recommend for "fun loving whisky drinkers."

Here at Proof66, we had a chance to try the Crown Royal Regal ourselves. It's highest and best use is mixed 1 part to 3 with cranberry juice for something that will make every vodka drinker give up Vodka-Cranberry / Cape Cod cocktails forever. Purchase it for any party and watch the throng rejoice.

Crown Royal was first produced to in 1939 by Seagram's (then a Canadian company but now defunct with the label owned by Pernod-Ricard) to honor the Canadian tour by British royals King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. Crown is probably the most widely known and certainly one of the more widely available Canadian Whisky on the market. Currently, it's the top-selling Canadian whisky in the United States; the brand itself is owned by the Big Liquor Conglomerate Diageo. The distillery itself is, of course, located in Canada. Some may recall a narrowly averted labor strike in 2007 that would--heaven forfend!--have interrupted whisky production. One time produced in Ontario but moved production to Manitoba in 1992.

Rabble Reviews

This bottle has 11 ratings and 10 reviews.
paulie777 paulie777 (7) (2016-09-02)
This light whiskey is smooth going down, and true to its name has an apple taste complementing the whiskey. What more needs to be said? The true nature of the drink comes out commiserate with the friends and venue attended. It enhanced my experience on the golf course with my foursome so it gets four stars from me. Probably something i'd put in a flask attending a football game but wouldn't pick it to contemplate life quietly in front of a fire. A great social drink for sure.
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MYTHUMPA MYTHUMPA (4) (2016-05-06)
It's very light as you'd expect from Crown Royal, and a bit bitter compared to the other apples out there. I love the rich sweet flavored sippers out there, American Honey, Fireball, Red Stag Black Cherry, but this lacks flavor and depth.
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jaketaz jaketaz (163) (2015-06-10)
People will say it's good for what it is, as if something deserves a good rating for being a fine example of its crappy genre. I say a product has to stand on its own merits. It's a sugary chemically engineered parody of apple flavor. It tastes like a drag show.
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Review Comments
degbert (2015-07-26):
That's an insult to a good drag show.

degbert degbert (147) (2015-03-16)
I don't normally disagree with the Irishman, but the Diageninjas must have gotten to him with the mind-control potions, because -- the stuff I tasted was some of the most vile, fake-apple-tasting stuff since my mom once bought us generic apple cereal instead of real Apple Jacks. Crown Apple exists firmly in the Jolly Rancher Zone; the flavor is fake as a politician's promise, the body is nonexistent, and the finish hangs around and reminds you why this was a bad idea in the first place. If you want something 'green apple' flavored (and no real green apple tastes like that), get Pucker. At least admit what you want is candy dissolved in alcohol.
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Irishman (2015-03-17):
Each to his/her own - the stores can't keep this thing on the shelves and it's always a big hit at parties (especially with cranberry). The green apple Jolly Rancher candies are my absolute favorite, so maybe that's why my palate likes this one so much.

Allan (2015-08-07):
I actually turned down a free shot of this before trying it because of my hatred for flavored liquors . I think the haters may have the same preconcieved notions holding them back. this actualy has some body and a bit of complexity for what it is.

tnmike1 tnmike1 (38) (2015-01-28)
Like Crown Royal Maple, I enjoy a slight shot of this mixed with 2 oz. of Crown Royal. Gives the Crown Royal an interesting flavor and a change from the regular Canadian whisky
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Filthee Filthee (54) (2015-01-28)
To be fair, I've never been a huge fan of Crown, but I found the flavor in this to be lacking. The aroma is right on the money and had me expecting a lot more taste that never came through. I had it straight, no ice, no mixer which admittedly is probably not the way Crown intended it to be drank
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Proof66 Staff Proof66 Staff (95) (2015-01-14)
4 Stars might seem a little high for a sweetened, flavored whisky but, if you're going to go about drinking and rating an apple flavored whisky, than this is an unqualified success. In this increasingly insane world of sugar and flavors infecting all manner of otherwise credible spirits (along with a large dose of decidedly in-credible spirits), Crown Royal Regal successfully walks the line of powerful flavors without being overly sweet (it is sweet). In certain uses—and most especially in large-group party settings—this is the kind of bottle that brings life to the party. If you're going somewhere, buy it. Mix it with cranberry juice and mix it with other whisky as an additive. While one can be rightly suspicious of the rash of flavored whisky on the market, this is a flavored whisky that we can enthusiastically recommend.
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Allan Allan (160) (2015-01-01)
Can't believe I'm saying this, but I love it. When it was offered to me for free I balked and said that I don't like these flavored liquors. Couldn't believe how much I liked it though. Not to sweet to tart, but fairly well balanced. Tried again with cranberry juice and liked it even better!
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Review Comments
Irishman (2015-01-01):
I couldn't believe it either! One thing I've learned over the years is that I can't hate something for what it's supposed to be. In this case, green apple whiskey is exactly what they created. They did a great job on the quality, it just won't be for everyone's palate. One of our grocery stores in town can't keep it in stock, so it must be doing well.

Phizbin (2015-01-01):
I hear you! I was ready to hate the stuff and tried it mixed with cranberry juice. Just incredible. Best use of cranberry juice in a cocktail, ever.

Muncher Muncher (263) (2014-12-31)
Another "mixer" review. Here goes: Love the nose, disappointed with the palate. The nose smells like a lot of other popular green apple products (Jones Green Apple soda comes to mind). Really enjoy the nose. The palate on the other hand tastes like a combination of chemical apple flavoring and sugar syrup. I know a few people who love this stuff but it just doesn't do it for me.
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Irishman Irishman (271) (2014-12-08)
I've never been a big fan of flavored whiskey, but this one hits the mark surprisingly well. Fair warning though, if you don't like green apple then you probably won't like this. It's like a grown up, slightly less sweet version of a Jolly Rancher Green Apple candy. It's sweet, but not overdone. Good on the rocks, with cranberry, cider, Sprite/7-Up, and basically anything you would pair with apples. Perfect for getting a party started with it being 70 proof and definitely worth a try at this price point.
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