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ThomasH
10-24-2012, 15:37
Saw this new CR version today at the store and bought my wife a bottle. CR is her favorite. It says it has a hint of maple and is finished in toasted oak barrels. Will have to have a taste test!

Thomas

camduncan
10-24-2012, 17:17
I look forward to hearing your thoughts on it Thomas - sounds very interesting!

portwood
10-24-2012, 21:25
Had a quick look at the CR website - no mention of the whisky actually spending time in maple wood, therefore, I have to ask:
did the whisky spend any time in barrels made of maple, or was maple syrup added to "finish" the product?;)

HighInTheMtns
10-24-2012, 22:58
The website claims it was finished in "maple toasted oak" - what does that even mean?

Vosgar
10-25-2012, 19:55
A liquor store owner I know said the nose is like taking a whiff from a bottle of Aunt Jemima maple syrup, but that there's hardly any maple flavor to it

theglobalguy
10-25-2012, 21:06
Sounds like i'll stick to my Tap 357 then if i want maple syrup whiskey. If i read the story correctly Diageo snagged a brand who had the "maple" thing down pat. Was curious how they'd roll out. More of a bourbon guy myself, but know my dad loves his Crown Royal might have to get him a bottle next time he's in town.

Bmac
10-26-2012, 08:03
Wouldn't the technique be the same as Woodford Reserve's Maplewood finish? They use a toasted maplewood barrel.

Kalessin
10-29-2012, 18:21
For a great maple syrup flavored whiskey, try Sortilege (from Canada).. Yum!

ThirstyinOhio
10-31-2012, 10:53
ThomasH, I too purchased this whisky (from Fisher's in Canton) on the 29th. I haven't had a chance to open it, but the clerk claimed it had a strong maple flavor and for $24 bucks its worth a shot.

ThomasH
11-01-2012, 18:31
I was at the same store today and Regular Crown Royal is on sale and it and some other Diageo brands have a 25.00 rebate on 4 bottles and 50.00 rebate on 8 bottles. Will be stocking up!

Thomas

moose
11-01-2012, 22:53
Got it in the store today, $19.99/750ml, $39.99/1.75l. Tasted it and it is smooth, but quite sweet, has a maple flavor reminiscent of some maple flavored granola. Its not bad, but too sweet for me. Also not sure about their claims, I can't tell if its finished in maple wood, or if maple flavor is added or what they've done. But so far it has sold well, sold 3 sleeves of miniatures, and some 750's will hopefully move this weekend and throughout the holidays.

camduncan
11-01-2012, 23:23
Whilst the process they've used is different that the honey flavoured bourbons we've been seeing more of lately, I'm left wondering if it's their way of tapping the emerging trend/market..

skidfive
11-09-2012, 14:20
Coming from a big crown royal drinker who has tasted every one released and also had a bottle from the 70s, I have to say that this was the absolute biggest disappointment for me. To me, it tasted like they simply took crown royal and added maple syrup. There is no "maple finish" its just maple. I opened it and poured a drink and after I was done the smell lingered in the air for another 10 minutes. I was contemplating mixing half the bottle with half regular crown and seeing if it knocks down the maple at all, but I didn't want to waste regular crown. If done right, it could have been so good.

Ejmharris
11-09-2012, 14:52
Coming from a big crown royal drinker who has tasted every one released and also had a bottle from the 70s, I have to say that this was the absolute biggest disappointment for me. To me, it tasted like they simply took crown royal and added maple syrup. There is no "maple finish" its just maple. I opened it and poured a drink and after I was done the smell lingered in the air for another 10 minutes. I was contemplating mixing half the bottle with half regular crown and seeing if it knocks down the maple at all, but I didn't want to waste regular crown. If done right, it could have been so good.

Why don't you mix it in a glass with regular crown first? The. You would know if mixing the rest is worth it.

skidfive
11-09-2012, 17:35
Why don't you mix it in a glass with regular crown first? The. You would know if mixing the rest is worth it.

ha, I feel dumb for not thinking about that. I must have been off my game after having a sip of the maple crown.

Ejmharris
11-09-2012, 17:39
ha, I feel dumb for not thinking about that. I must have been off my game after having a sip of the maple crown.

I seem to be off my game more than on it myself these days. :).

theglobalguy
11-18-2012, 16:53
From the reviews i had read, i was half expecting a slight maple taste and then the Crown bite...nope. If you're looking for "hot" maple syrup taste i think i still prefer Tap 357.

steeltownbbq
11-18-2012, 20:36
The website claims it was finished in "maple toasted oak" - what does that even mean?

"Maple toasted oak" sounds a lot more like marketing hype than a real process. Here's my theory after having tasted this stuff last nite.

Toasting oak barrels (by fire) adds color and flavor to whiskey. Seasoning oak with an infusion of caramel color and artificial maple flavor would also add color and flavor to the spirit exposed to it.

Crown Royal Maple Whiskey (no "Canadian" on the label that I saw) has a slight aroma of maple, but a strong bitter aftertaste reminiscent of the the taste you get with cheap pancake syrup. A taste not found in real Maple Syrup.

I wouldn't try this vile stuff again. We did discuss using it in cooking in some way. But why? If I want maple and whiskey flavor, I would rather use the real Maple syrup and bourbon.

But someone will buy this product. My buddy liked it a lot when mixed with Coke.

Young Blacksmith
11-19-2012, 18:50
I picked up a mini the other day, for a buck. Not something I'd buy again. Maple flavored for sure, certainly not maple finished. Like steeltownbbq said, it has a bitter finish like a cheap maple syrup you picked up at the dollar store before you went camping. It does fine shooting it, but sipping it just brings out the unbalance of the sweet maple start and the bitter blech at the end.

Glad I've only got 25ml to work through.... :(

theglobalguy
11-23-2012, 15:45
Generally air is the friend of most Whisky, not this time. I had a drink a week or so back and didn't care for it. Went back to try again and it tasted like spoiled cheap maple syrup. Now it's a question of toss or use to marinate. Not sure how they missed the mark this far given the R&D budget they likely have.

BigPenguin
11-23-2012, 18:27
I saw this stuff in the store the other weekend. I wasn't a fan of the JD Honey and figured another whiskey with a flavor in it probably wasn't going to be any better. From the reviews on here, it sounds like it's not that great. Good thing I didn't pick up a bottle.

I will admit, I am a fan of Crown. I know it's not the best, but I enjoy it.

sailor22
11-24-2012, 07:27
Sampled some neat and thought it was like Aunt Jemima with a splash of Crown. The smell was overpoweringly maple. If you like heavily flavored whiskies this might be something you should try.
Not something I would ever consider sipping neat again but I would wager a talented barkeep could make a wonderful hot toddy with it.

SWC
11-26-2012, 14:43
Like an idiot I bought it cause I saw it at a display right by the door. OOh, look, something new in pretty packaging!

This is not a "finished whiskey." Its a syrup bottle with a splash of liquor. There is something wrong with me.

squire
11-26-2012, 23:46
This doesn't sound very appealing to me, apparently I'm not part of their target market.

cowdery
11-27-2012, 15:40
My review is here (http://chuckcowdery.blogspot.com/2012/11/of-whiskey-and-innovation.html). I like it better than most of you do. Open a bottle at a Christmas party and it will disappear.

Ironically, I think what you're getting as the bitter aftertaste is that oak finishing process. (I got them to give me a more intelligble explanation of it.) It's a bit of a raw oak flavor that finishes bitter. It's not something they use for regular Crown.

So even though they call it 'finished,' it's actually both flavored and finished. It is classified as flavored whiskey.

And while the label may not have the word "Canadian" on it, it does say "Toronto - Ontario - Canada" and there's a big stinking maple leaf right in the middle.

squire
11-27-2012, 16:06
Yeah the leaf is a bit of a giveaway, attractive bottle though, looks yummy.

Clavius
11-27-2012, 17:03
I'm not a big fan of Crown but I did get a chance to try this recently. While I thought it was well done it's not something I would personally buy. A tad bit too rich on the maple flavoring. But I expected far worse based upon the nose!

smokinjoe
11-28-2012, 06:06
Is this as syrupy sweet, and similar to Spicebox? That sweetness and flavoring of that product was way too overboard for my tastes. I would try the Crown if it is much more toned down.

cowdery
11-28-2012, 11:52
You won't like it. It's at least as overpowering as Spicebox. Canadian whisky is just so mild, it doesn't stand up well to flavoring. The whiskey just disappears. It might as well be flavored vodka.

Speaking of Spicebox, that's the theme of a new line of flavored Johnnie Walker whiskies.

smokinjoe
12-26-2012, 13:55
You won't like it. It's at least as overpowering as Spicebox. Canadian whisky is just so mild, it doesn't stand up well to flavoring. The whiskey just disappears. It might as well be flavored vodka.

Speaking of Spicebox, that's the theme of a new line of flavored Johnnie Walker whiskies.

My BIL had a bottle of this over the Holiday's. You're absolutely correct. No whiskey taste at all. Though, I liked the taste of the flavoring more than I did the taste of the Spicebox. But, that ain't saying much, and certainly not an endorsement in any way! :D I will say, however, that I didn't hate it. Just not my cup of goo...

FWIW, I thought it tasted identical to Butterscotch Schnapps. That mess, and the bad experience associated with it, is forever burned in my brain...:puke:

Gillman
12-26-2012, 15:39
I agree but I blended extra Canadian whisky (regular CC, 6 years old) and bourbon into my bottle and it is much better now. Treat it as a component of a "Rob Roy" or another type of cocktail and it works very well. What they get right, and you can't do at home, or I can't, is the vanilla and other spice flavors. So I use that as a starting point. Mine is probably 2/3rds Spicebox, 1/3rd mixed CC and bourbons. It goes great over vanilla ice cream for dessert, too.

Gary

Jono
12-26-2012, 16:04
My BIL had a bottle of this over the Holiday's. You're absolutely correct. No whiskey taste at all. Though, I liked the taste of the flavoring more than I did the taste of the Spicebox. But, that ain't saying much, and certainly not an endorsement in any way! :D I will say, however, that I didn't hate it. Just not my cup of goo...

FWIW, I thought it tasted identical to Butterscotch Schnapps. That mess, and the bad experience associated with it, is forever burned in my brain...:puke:

A BIL picked this up as a Christmas gift (he is not informed about whiskey) so I went ahead and cracked it open. Yep, maple on the nose and I did pick up Butterscotch as a flavor. It is what it is....a dessert type of pour...maybe a good addition to some vanilla ice cream.

steeltownbbq
12-26-2012, 17:28
My BIL had a bottle of this over the Holiday's. You're absolutely correct. No whiskey taste at all. :puke:


That explains why my non-whiskey friends love this stuff (and Seagram's 7 Honey) when they mix it with 7Up

tmckenzie
12-27-2012, 04:46
Had a good friend, God bless him he tried. Said it was the only thing he could find I had not tried. I tatsted a small bit, may be good for a cold, but just too much maple. Aunt Jemima maple. I am sure this has maple flavoring and not the real deal. We make a maple liquer and maple does not smell like that in liquer if it is the real deal. My wife loves it though.

Jono
12-29-2012, 13:32
We ate at a local Italian restaurant and I noticed that one of the appetizers was bacon wrapped scallops sauteed in Crown Royal Maple Finish.
That may be a very good use because it adds to the sweetness of the scallop and the maple of the bacon. I did not order it but will consider at a future visit.

cowdery
12-29-2012, 16:14
The CR Maple is doing very well and they're spending a lot of money promoting it. I do like the oak notes they got from specially treating some raw oak staves and soaking them in it. That's the only real whiskey note I can detect.

Gillman
12-30-2012, 16:08
I tried this tonight at an LCBO tasting counter and counter to my expectation, thought it was very nice, especially for the price. It wasn't excessively sweet but had good maple and oaky - whisky if you will - notes. This is okay, I can see it on the rocks or neat after dinner, or after a run on the slalom perhaps lightly warmed, a la hot buttered rum.

Gary

squire
12-30-2012, 17:37
That's good to hear Gary, may help develop an interest in whisky from the cocktail crowd.

Gillman
12-30-2012, 17:43
Indeed, it's a good product and a U.S. analogue is the honeyed version of Jack Daniels. These are not drinks I might choose very often but they excellent of their kind and it should be said. (Whereas, say, Fireball, is for me way too much sugar with no whisky taste - however I can get good use out of it still by adding whisky of various kinds judiciously).

Gary