Crown Royal is a blended Canadian whisky owned by Diageo, which purchased the brand when the Seagram portfolio was dissolved in 2000. It consists of around 50 different whiskies.
The then reigning British monarch King George VI, and his wife, Queen Elizabeth, visited Canada in 1939. Crown Royal was introduced that year by Samuel Bronfman, president of Seagram, as a tribute to the royal visit. It was available only in Canada until 1964.
Today, Crown Royal is produced solely at the Crown Royal distillery at Gimli, on the shores of Lake Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. It was also produced in Waterloo, Ontario, until the plant there closed in 1992. Daily production of Crown Royal uses 10,000 bushels of grain of several different types, namely: barley, corn, rye and wheat and requires 750,000 imperial gallons (3,400,000 L) of water. The whisky produced at the Manitoba distillery is stored in two million barrels, located in 46 warehouses over 5 acres (2 ha) of land. The whisky is then blended and bottled in Amherstburg, Ontario.
To the whisky!!!
I must confess that the weather in Göteborg Sweden can take a little chill to my bones and having a little time to kill before meeting some friends, i decided to try something to warm me up. Crown Royal would do the trick I hoped.
I poured the whisky in to a Copita nosing glass, and left the whisky covered to develop for ten minutes.Incidently I am not sure what effect water being added to Crown Royal would have , but a little more of that later.
The whisky pours a light golden colour, leaving long legs flowing down the inside of the glass.
Nose. Initial faint notes of vanilla and fresh out-of-the-oven lemon pie. No spirity overtones here, very simple but pleasant.
Palate. Initially flavours of gentle vanilla and honey appear, then a little cracked pepper with oak and vanilla reappear in the background. Surprisingly delicate, light and warm. Very nice
Finish. Vanilla honey appear predominant but the finish is short if pleasant.
This whisky is a well-balanced if not very sophisticated drink that is in my opinion best enjoyed for what it is. One of the strange things about drinking Canadian whisky, or even Rye whisky is that many people look upon these as a base for cocktails or that they require a mixer to be palatable. For me that is a shame as whiskies such as Crown Royal have a unique character which should be enjoyed without any additions particularly on a cold Swedish evening !!!!.