Monday, January 26, 2015
Crown Royal Hand Selected Barrel
This is the newest expression from Crown Royal, a single barrel whisky bottled at 103 proof. Most Canadian Whiskies are blends, and while there have been some single barrel bottlings by independents, this is one of the first by one of the major Canadian distilleries. Canadian Whisky guru Davin DeKergommeaux covers all the details over at Whisky Advocate, though American readers should be aware that he uses the term "rye" in the Canadian sense, to mean any Canadian Whiskey. This Crown Royal is actually majority corn with rye as the secondary grain.
Crown Royal Hand Selected Barrel, 51.5% abv ($55)
The nose has a sort of soapy bourbon note. The palate has some nice rye spice along with those soapy bourbon notes; the different notes alternate through the tasting. The finish is spicy on the palate but soapy on the nose. With some air, the soapy notes fade a bit into just a vague sweetness.
While I'm glad to see a single barrel, high proof Canadian Whisky, this one doesn't excite me much. There's just not that much to it. Of course, I'm not a huge fan of Crown Royal, so I suppose it makes sense that I wouldn't be impressed with one of its component whiskies. That being said, these are single barrels, so the barrels will vary. This one came from a store owned by the Goody Goody chain in Texas.
Crown Royal Hand Selected is mostly available in Texas now but should see wider release soon.