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 here. Yes, it was originally developed by Seagrams for a Royal visit to Canada. Yes, it was only available in Canada until 1964. Yes, it is distilled in Manitoba and blended in Ontario, although what blending is occurring is a little beyond me since it only comes from one distillery (that must be when they add the caramel flavoring).
But. It is the number one selling “Canadian” Canadian Whisky in the USA. But. They also sponsor NASCAR and IROC. And some Rolex race league. And the American Turf Challenge.
Anyway, here’s what we thought:
Dan – old musty chewing gum, eucalyptus
Simon – caramel, hairspray, burn
Goran – mintier, vanilla caramel, buttery, smooth
Ryan – definitely “canadian”, chemical, almond extract
Dan – burn, fake caramel, coats the mouth
Simon – unpleasant tongue sensation, burn
Goran – roof of mouth burn
Ryan – no burn, nothing stands out
Dan – infinitely better, less eucalyptus, creamy vanilla, no burn, wood
Simon – floral, soapy, a little sweet
Goran – oak, creamRyan – n/a
Crown Royal De Luxe – 40% 375ml – $ – Manitoba
Try it? No. Buy it? I mean, maybe for mix.