Canadian Whisky - Blended

Crown Royal Monarch 75th Anniversary Blended Canadian Whisky

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

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Tier 1
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Awards

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2014
  • 2015

Beverage Testing Institute

  • This bottle has not been rated by this competition.

Wine Enthusiast

  • 2014

Proof66 Notes

Crown Royal Monarch 75th Anniversary blend whisky is a limited edition of Crown Royal produced to celebrate the distillery's 75th anniversary. The whisky itself features a rye grain, which suggest a spicier, more robust whisky than the typical smooth and easy-drinking Crown profile. The rye whisky is said to come from the "Coffey rye still" located in Gimli, Manitoba.

In a positive review from Drinkspirits.com, they remarked on its balance and said "Crown Royal Monarch feels like a complete thought, a blend with a very specific character that wonderfully executes in a very specific direction. So many ultra premium whisky releases lately feel like they’re aimed more at collectors or age chasers than drinkers. Crown Royal Monarch is very clearly meant to be consumed, and it’s such a pleasant drinking experience that you’ll find your glass empty much sooner than you’d expect."

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 3 ratings and 3 reviews.
cgtboy1988 cgtboy1988 (78) (2016-04-29)
One of my favorites. This whisky is smooth, flavorful, and fairly sweet all at once. Definitely light-bodied compared to the average whiskey- even the average Canadian whiskey. Soft flavors, perhaps a bit floral. The lingering taste is somehow soft and clean, but sweet with a touch of spice. I get mine for about $35/bottle. Probably still worth it at $75, but I would have second thoughts.
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StanMemTn StanMemTn (101) (2014-09-10)
Very enjoyable! It's Crown Royal- it is notably smooth, with a clean finish. There is a nice fruit-spice interplay. The comparison below to an aged rum is apt.
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Proof66 Staff Proof66 Staff (95) (2014-07-16)
We give this 3 stars as compared to the entire world of whiskey but it would be an easy 4 stars in the lighter-bodied world of Canadian Whisky. The nose is soft and sweet... a candied note in front of the oak. Almost smells like an aged rum in some ways. The Crown Royal smoothness is all there... it tastes pillow-like going down. If that's the goal, success! For people more used to single barrel bourbons or cask strength scotches, it might feel a little light. Still, it has a finish... it's subtle but it is also there long and lingering. We can give a strong recommendation to Crown Royal fans.
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