The Royal Family Canadian Whisky Vertical, My …. !

Continuing with the Canadian [Whisky] Odyssey , this time with the offerings from the Diageo family .


Crown Royal De Luxe 40%

Created in 1939 to celebrate the visit of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth to Canada , it is made up of a blend of Fifty distinct , full bodied whiskies (Corn , Rye and Malted Barley) matured in white oak barrels , it is Canada’s number 1 selling whisky . It has a pretty clean nose , almost bourbony , not much rye , there does seem to be a lot of corn whisky notes , there is also a very small spirity  note . The palate is again very clean , loads of vanilla (fresh casks ?) , very little spices up to now but the rye has reared it’s head . The finish is medium long with rye , cloves and wood spices .

A pleasant enough dram , nothing special to write home about , reminds me more of a Bourbon Whiskey than a Canadian .

(Bronze Medal Winner , 2014 Canadian Whisky Awards)

Crown Royal Limited Edition 40%

Crown Royal is now part of the Diageo portfolio , This one is released in Canada only . A bit more of a different nose to the De Luxe , definitely more Rye , hint of green fruits – apples , pears , the butterscotch sweetness  and a touch of spices . The palate is loaded with rye and spices , quite peppery and creamy , seems to have a bit more bite than the De Luxe . A Long finish with a spicy pepperiness .

The LE is definitely more enjoyable than the De Luxe , seems to be more of an elegant dram and a one not to smoother in a mixer .

(Gold Medal Winner , 2014 Canadian Whisky Awards)

(Sippin’ Whisky of the Year Domestic Market , 2014 Canadian Whisky Awards)


Crown Royal XO 40%

This is a Crown Royal finished in Cognac Casks (hence the XO) , I’ve had this one before and enjoyed it so much I even tracked down a bottle and bought it ! So may as well revisit it to see if anything has changed……

Initial nose of Red/Dark fruits , then dusty rye , seems to be a slight lack of creaminess I got in the last sample . Let’s try the palate…. That’s better , just as I got in the past – a bit of dusty rye , butterscotch , spicy , pepper , tarte apples but all wrapped up in a lovely creaminess  , A medium to short finish with rye and the cognac .

 The nose seems a bit closed on this sample but the rest of it is thoroughly enjoyable .

(Silver Medal Winner , 2014 Canadian Whisky Awards)

Crown Royal Monarch 75th Anniversary 40%

Yet another Crown Royal I’ve previously visited , bottled for the 75th Anniversary of the launch of Crown Royal , This wasn’t one of my favourites amongst the batch I tasted it with , the nose has a hint of red apples , slight dusty rye and a touch of Creaminess . The palate is very dry with a hint of rye and not much else . Now I don’t know if it’s because I’ve experienced a few more Canadian Whiskies since I first tried this one but I would prefer a dram of the Deluxe or LE over this as it seems bland .

(Gold Medal Winner , 2014 Canadian Whisky Awards)

 Crown Royal XR – LaSalle 40%

Now if I’ve got this story right , this release is made from Whisky that was distilled at a now closed distillery at LaSalle hence the XR – Extra Rare . Initially on the nose this doesn’t smell like a Canadian , there’s a touch of smoky bacon (!?!?) , then the rye slightly appears , there’s almost an Ardbegish smell to this , Creamy Coffee , fudge , a waft of smoke , lemon citrus , if the peat was there I’d say this was a South Shore Islay !  There’s also a hint of fruit (yes it’s starting to head in the original Kildalton style direction….) , wonderful nose . The Palate is a slight let down at first after the excitement of the nose . Slight creaminess , spicy pepperiness , a touch of wood but after a few sips the palate explodes into life with what you’d expect from a good ‘Rye’ . The finish is medium with a nice spicy warmness .

Must say this is one of the better Crown Royals , wasn’t what I was expecting but bloody good ! 

(Bronze Medal Winner , 2014 Canadian Whisky Awards)

Thanks again to Davin for the Samples , further information on Crown Royal Whiskies is available at


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