another review of Crown Royal Black
I have a good friend that drinks a lot of better whiskeys (he has THREE bunkers) and is a Jim Beam & Crown fan. He likes regular Crown, but he tried the new Black and thought it was terrible swill.
I've heard of this venture and it is great news. It will take some time but there is every hope it will introduce some traditional straight-type whiskeys.
I should add that Forty Creek's whiskeys (of Grimsby, Ontario), while a blend (or so I understand) of continuous and batch whiskeys, do attain a flavoursome palate and one that is liked by many, including me. However, I would not regard its products as having the full-bore flavour of a straight or single whiskey.
By the way it is possible that straight whiskeys developed in-house for blending Canadian whisky might resemble some of the High West ryes since there was speculation some of the latter were sourced from Lawrenceburg, Indiana where Seagram's had a long-running plant. That is excellent straight rye, and if Seagram released anything like that I think it would do very well and be a departure for them.
Last edited by Gillman; 03-14-2010 at 14:08.
I've never had a chance to study the Canadian laws on the matter, but I think there is a limit to how much low-proof (i.e., under 95% ABV) spirit a given whiskey can contain.
Col. Charles K. "Crotchety" Cowdery
"Whiskey Don't Keep."
Based on reviewing the standards some years back, the rules seemed quite liberal, whisky must be made from a cereal mash, distilled and aged in Canada, aged 3 years in small wood. I think that was it. There might have been a top limit for distillation as in Scotland, but I don't recall it. I'll check again.
Last edited by Gillman; 03-14-2010 at 14:23.
Here's a couple of links about the Crown Royal Black. One is from John Hansell.
My son has a friend who manages a bar. He has received a couple of bottles of this already. My son has tried it, and while it isn't to his liking, he thought I'd like it. We bought a bottle of Cask 16 a while back and it was good, so...... I think I'm gonna see what I can do about getting a bottle. I cut my teeth on Canadian whiskies, and if this one has more of a "bourbon" flavor, as it advertises, it might prove interesting. Joe
" I never met a Weller I didn't like"
We received ample supply of the Crown Royal Black and at my Base Shoppette it is the same price as the regular CR, $24.95. My wife likes CR so I picked up a bottle to try. It is in the same taste profile to me as regular CR but more sweet and not as dry or spicy. The wife likes it with ice and a dash of water. I like it as an aperitif. I call it my morning whisky.
Often I am forced to deal with the fact that I prefer bourbon over dealing with facts.