Today, I am reviewing one of my favorite whiskies for the holidays – Crown Royal Reserve. It is a batching of some of Crown Royal’s older stocks, bottled at 80 proof, and displayed in a decadent leather pouch.
As you may recall, my review of Crown Royal Maple-Finished Whisky was not impressive. However, this is a much different product and one that I enjoy very much. It is a great whisky for the holidays because it is a smooth, drinkable whisky that works well for a lot of different palates. You don’t need to be a connoisseur to enjoy this one.
On the nose, this whisky is sweet and fruity, with big notes of red apples and honeysuckle. The palate delivers a very elegant mouth feel, light-bodied, but silky like a Lowland Scotch. It maintains its fruitiness, but there is a slight dry spice that comes up towards the back of the palate. There are notes of dried pineapple, fresh pears, a little oak, and raisins. The finish is medium to short, but it does leave a nice sweetness of vanilla and honey.
Overall, this is not an incredibly complex whisky, but it is one that is delicious from start to finish, which makes it a hit around the holidays. Almost everybody that is visiting will enjoy this one, from your beer-swilling aunt to your single-malt sipping grandfather. To make it even better, it is usually available for under $50. My grade: B+. Price: $45-50/750ml. A delightful, light-bodied whisky that is absolutely worth having in your cabinet.
p.s. This review is dedicated to the memory of my friend, Billy Doyle. I hope to tend bar as well as he did some day, and his presence behind the bar at The Dugout will be sorely missed.