Crown Royal Bourbon Mash aka Blender’s Mash with Steph, Matt & Marie-Michèle

Interesting story on this one. Crown Royal released the bottle as Bourbon Mash (seen here because we got the hookup), a Canadian whisky made in Canada using a typical Bourbon mashbill. And since a Scottish Rye would still be Scottish, it got approved etc and sent out to market. However, because of the prominent Bourbon […]

Saskatoon Sessions: Crown Royal Reserve

As I mentioned in the last post, I recently spent some time in Saskatoon and found a great little bar in the lobby of the Holiday Inn. A nice whisky selection and friendly wait staff, and decent food to boot. The order of the evening has escaped me, so we’ll do this at random. First […]

Crown Royal XO with Dan

Crown Royal XO – picked this out of the Christmas exchange at work – thanks Matt! Our third Crown Royal and the first from their Master Series, the XO is a Cognac barrel aged expression of a “blend from 50 of our finest whiskies”. The Master series includes blends with as few as three whiskies, […]

Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye with Matt & Dan

  Yes, it’s *that* whisky! “Greatest whisky in the wold” some people have quoted, incorrectly. “Voted best!” others have also misspoken. Basically, what you’ve heard about this bottle of whisky is probably overblown. Jim Murray is a pretty famous whisky guy. He publishes the Whisky Bible, a book which is popular among people who like […]

Crown Royal De Luxe with Dan, Ryan & Goran

A Canadian classic, or part of the problem? Crown Royal divides whisky drinkers between those who look for the purple velvet bag (ROYALTY getit?) and those who steer clear. As it turns out, not that Canadian. Being owned by Diageo and based out of Connecticut can take some of the national sheen off any appreciation […]

Glynnevan Double Barrelled Rye with Dan, Bowick & Matt M

A new Nova Scotian whisk(e)y (the spelling is inconsistent across their website), I hadn’t heard of Glynnevan before Dan’s friend Matt brought a bottle over. The Glynnevan Double Barrelled Rye is a genuinely pan-Canadian whisky. Distilled “in the west” and then carted across the country to age next to the sea in the Maritimes. We’ve […]

Dillon’s White Rye with Dan, Ryan & Goran

An honest to god rye.  Dillon’s White Rye is unaged, so it’s not legally a whisky, but it’s way more of a rye than anything called “Canadian Whisky”.  If you order a rye and coke, or a rye and ginger, chances are you’re being given Canadian Club or Crown Royal, both of which are predominantly […]