Official liquor review for Crown Royal Special Reserve Canadian Blended Whisky
Crown Royal Special Reserve Canadian Blended Whisky
Liquor Review Category:
Blended Canadian Whisky
Price (USD): $56
Price (EUR): €0
Liquor Review Notes:
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."
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By: Dakota (121) 08/13/2013Cheers!(0)
This is a huge disappointment. Its very expensive and has a unsatisfying taste. Will not buy again.
By: NeatPour (111) 8/6/2013Cheers!(0)
Crown reserve is the perfect whiskey to get people who may have had a couple 'nasty' whiskey shots in college/at bars to overcome their past experiences of 'harsh nastiness'. The whiskey is the equivalent of 'budweiser select' in that it has literally zero bit / after taste. When I think of smooth I think of this (even more so than the venerable blue label)... however it also lacks many (read all) of the flavors/complexities scotch enthusiasts enjoy. My wife & her gf's like this one the best. If you're look for a whiskey training wheels for friends / gals this is my recommendation.
By: flintquatch (96) 4/5/2013Cheers!(0)
Restored my faith after a very mixed experience with crown products in the past.
This goes down without bite and has fairly noticable spices in the mix. Only thing that keeps this from reaching my regular rotation is the steep price for what it is
By: TheLibrarian (53) 10/6/2010Cheers!(0)
A good whiskey. A bit saltier & spicier than their normal offering. While drinkable, I prefer "regular" Crown.
By: Irishman (218) 6/5/2009Cheers!(1)
This is a beautiful thing and the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because it lacked some of the complexities that I enjoy. Very good though.
By: Phizbin (176) 3/13/2009Cheers!(1)
This is one of the most astonishing and unusual whiskies I've ever tasted.
It is so smooth--so silky smooth--it almost has no taste. After you swallow, you really can't tell if you've swallowed or not. It has no burn.
And it almost has no flavor. It's a testament to how smooth a whisky can be but, in the end, it's kind of characterless. It's like stabbing yourself after you've been numbed in a certain area--it should hurt, but you can't feel a thing.
By: danurdan (16) 3/13/2009Cheers!(0)
Very smooth and absolutely no aftertaste. An outstanding sipping whiskey, that almost suffers from it's own high quality. It's SO smooth that it's easy to forget you are sipping whiskey.
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