Canadian Whisky - Blended
Crown Royal Special Reserve Canadian Blended Whisky
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.
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 mose 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.
This is Crown's "special gift" to whisky enthusiasts: Distiller Andrew McKay personally selects whiskies blended to create the reserve. The brand itself has been recently re-packaged and re-launched--part of the re-launch involved the whisky going from Special Reserve to merely reserve, which shouldn't bother too many people except those who run websites and try to keep up with the various names. According to Intoxicologist, the blends chosen represent less than 1% of total whisky stock.
Drink Hacker was a fan of this whisky giving it an A- and saying, "Crown Royal Reserve is a very pleasant whisky, surprisingly easy to drink even without water... Nothing too complex, but really quite compelling... and I keep going back to it."
- This bottle has not been rated by this competition.