Proof: 90 proof / ABV: 45.0%
Age: 13 years
Distillery: Crown Royal Distillery, Gimli, Manitoba, Canada
Mashbill: 60% corn / 36% rye / 4% barley, aged in new American oak
Retail Pricing: $60
Availability: Rare, but easier to find in the U.S. than most other Canadian rares
The third release in Crown Royal’s Noble Collection following Cornerstone (a blend of three different Crown whiskies) and Wine Barrel Finished (cabernet sauvignon). It uses a bourbon mashbill (not a blend) and is the oldest age-stated release they’ve made. The packaging is extremely elegant, complete with a purple box and the typical purple velvet bag.
Sensibles: The nose is spicy and slightly muted with typical bourbon notes of caramel and vanilla traced by citrus and nutmeg. The taste is medium-bodied, rich, peppery, and creamy as rye spice clashes with orange peel, smokey oak, and more caramel. The finish is long and smooth capped by vanilla sweetness and a bit of dryness from the oak. It’s not super complex, but still really enjoyable and a fantastic emulation of bourbon.
Value: There is a reason why this whisky came in at #5 on Whisky Advocate’s Top 20 of 2018. It’s big and beautiful like a bourbon with good flavors and plenty smooth for an everyday treat. I, of course, wish for something closer to 100 proof but it’s still really enjoyable. It’s reasonably priced for a 13-year old whisky and builds on a showcase of unique whiskies from CR. I’m impressed and very excited for the next Noble Collection release!
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