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In 1939, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth made the journey from the UK to Canada and in doing so became the first reigning monarchs to travel to North America. Crown Royal was created to commemorate this royal visit and was prepared as a gift for the royal family (which is why you’ll always find Crown Royal wrapped in some sort of regal color fabric bag).
Crown Royal Monarch 75th Anniversary Blend Canadian Whisky (80 Proof / 40% ABV) – although there’s no age statement on this blend, oak is predominant on the nose, the deep weathered kind of oak which is indicative of some of the whisky spending some serious time in barrel. The nose manages to balance this strong oak well with an undercurrent of lightly sweet caramel and a touch of rye spice. This presentation of old oak so expertly balanced is exceptional. The nose of this whisky is aromatic but light, dry, and wonderfully inviting.
The entry is light but flavorful – the oak is there and it’s solid but not overwhelming. Along with the oak is dried fruit, light caramel, cinnamon, and rye spice. All of these elements come together well with good flavor and a sense of delicacy. Things build slowly toward the midpalate as we get a ratcheting-up of the oak spice as well as black pepper, clove, and a touch of dark roasted coffee bean. Again, it’s all in balance and maintains a light, delicate, and dry mouthfeel. The finish is medium length and slightly dry, a signature Canadian clean finish which completes one of the best crafted spirits from Crown Royal we’ve had.
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