Review: Crown Royal Limited Edition Canadian Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

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Distiller Gimli (Gimli, Manitoba)

Price-wise, this Crown Royal sits in between their ultra-premium offerings and their budget offerings. As far as I know, this was originally introduced as a Canadian-only bottling, and I believe it still is.

Review (2013)

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  • Bottling Date: ~2013

Nose: There’s definitely some bourbon touches here! There’s plums, green grapes, and some orange blossom – it’s light and slightly floral. At times the orange in it reminded me of orange creamsicles. In the background we have glimpses of rye, and there’s some dried apricot, along with a bit of charcoal and some lemon, and, interestingly, cucumber. Despite being light, it’s still quite rich.

Taste: The lightness of the nose carries through to the taste. Yet, it’s still quite sharp. There’s some green grape, apricot, marula fruit, and peach – with many hints reminding you of bourbon. There’s also some light smoke and a little trickle of spice. It is quite balanced and I enjoy how it is subtly rich amidst the light body – it would be easy to just keep drinking this. It is wonderful – but could benefit from a bit more complexity and depth . The sweetness, however, is just about right for this one. I never noticed this until a side by side tasting of other crown royals, but there are very big sherry aromas that come from the nose – it’s almost all I could smell in the side-by-side tasting! It had the light-apple like nature of fino sherry and the caramel, oxidized flavour of oloroso sherry.

Finish: It’s light and grainy, with a touch of green grape and nutmeg, and some oak with a bit of vanilla eventually. There’s a bit of spice and the finish overall is quite light and bright.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: High. On the better side of whiskies you can get for $40.

Review (2020)

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  • Bottling Date: ~2020

I always liked this whisky. It now carries a 10 year old age statement – crown royal has informed me that the whisky was always 10 years old they just hadn’t put an age statement on it. It certainly tastes the same.

The base for this is the batch corn base whisky at crown royal, a luscious yet light corn whisky with a nice clean flavour. I always like tastes of the batch corn, if I can ever find them. I’ve written about this more in the post on crown royal distillates here. I would love to see an old version of it.

The nose is clean, with light fruits – characteristic green grape, apple, vanilla, prunes, blanched almonds, and a dry spiciness. The balance of dried and fresh fruits, when combined with the spiciness – is incredible. It is a classical Canadian style, and one that I quite like – lightly sweet, spicy and complex with fruit top notes and a drying finish. This version, though, is much more elegant and refined than many other whiskies in that style.

The finish is quite nice – lightly fruity, full of spices, and light grain.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: high at $43