Well, with everybody threatening to move to Canada, I thought it was high time I review a great Canadian whisky. Crown Royal’s 75th Anniversary blend has been produced to honor the origins of the brand, first blended for King George VI and Queen Elizabeth’s visit to Canada some 75 years ago. It is a rye-forward blend bottled at 80 proof (40% abv).
The nose is dry and oaked, with some vanilla extract, caramel, and dried mangoes. The palate is dry and woody as well, with caramel and a light rye spice. The finish is long and very dry with oak, dry cocoa, dark chocolate, and cinnamon sticks. There is a unique combination of fresh oak/sawdust notes and old, mature oak in the finish.
Overall, this is a smooth as silk blend with a lot of wood influence, but it lacks complexity to be a truly epic whisky. Even still, this is a top of the shelf Canadian dram, and a worthy pour for the purpose of such a milestone anniversary. My grade: B+. Price: $70-80/750ml.