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If you are a whisky company as big as Crown Royal, you can pretty much do whatever you want. One of the biggest factors in this freedom is the 2 million barrels of whisky stock currently aging in their warehouses. Crown Royal Cask No. 16 is one such recent creation from Andrew Mackay, Master Blender for Crown Royal. On to a few particulars before the review.
A modern trend in whisky making is finishing a certain whisky in barrels that previously aged wine. This adds a new level of flavor that can range from a delicate addition to an intense punch in the mouth. Finishing also happens to justify a brand new whisky in a portfolio, even though this finish may have only taken a few months to further develop a blend or malt that is no different than others in the bottling line. Crown Royal Cask No. 16 is a blend of 50 whiskies produced at Gimli Distillery and finished in French Oak previously used to age cognac. Since Canadian whisky does not typically finish their whisky in a wine or cognac cask one can expect a flavor profile you don’t see often, and that is reason enough to give it a shot.
Keep in mind that Crown Royal Cask. No 16 was discontinued last year, but bottles can still be found in stores across the country. On to our review…
Nose- A core of sweet vanilla, light honey, caramel and a touch of maple. A dusty, dry rye character makes an appearance. The cognac adds fruity notes of plum, apricot and ripe grapes. All components nicely balanced and reserved.
Taste- Brandied oak with rich fruit. Creamy vanilla and maple. Buttery corn. Hints of spice.
Finish- Medium length. Nice, fruity cognac notes with vanilla and dry spice. The sweet lingers after waves of varying intensity.
Comments- Cognac finish adds depth and excitement to a nicely balanced blend. While we are not in agreement on the price tag and hype being worth it, we agree that we’re disappointed to see it go.
SWC Rating – 84/100
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