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  1. #1
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    Sep 2002
    Toronto, Canada

    Vatting Crown Royal

    With the spate of CRs available now, I decided to use these in a cross-decade vatting.

    I started with CR Special Reserve, which is (for Canadian) rich and sweetish and I am sure has some of that 17-18 year old S-W bourbon Diageo had reserved.

    To that I added some current, regular CR.

    Then I put in some XR, the new iteration of CR which uses some whisky from the long-disused Waterloo, Ontario distillery.

    After, I put in two ounces of CR from the 1960's (i.e., a bottle purchased then).

    Finally, I topped up with a bottle of CR bought in the 1940's, inherited by a friend and gifted to me recently. It was good on its own but a little pallid for some reason and I thought it would blend well.

    Since all these whiskies were made to the CR formula, albeit at different times, I thought the result would be a unity of flavor (or flavour) - and it was.

    Still, something was missing, and I toyed with adding some more Special Reserve, or maybe some Limited Edition (not otherwise used in this blend) or maybe even some bourbon. Then I saw my bottle of Danfield's 21 year old, a new release from Schenley in Quebec and Alberta (owned by Barton Brands). I thought, why not, even though not from Seagram, Canadian whisky is similar enough that a dash won't hurt and maybe it will help. Well, it did, everything came into focus.

    It is hard to describe the result, save that I like it a lot. It is a toothsome, Canadian dram but well-knitted with an overall taste of caramel, apples and a spicy note which is probably from straight rye and bourbon flavoring whiskies.

    I think it is better than any of its constituents. Cheers.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    SE PA

    Re: Vatting Crown Royal

    though i am a bit green regarding whiskey (i mean, compared to many here...i have a measley 20 years experience, 10 of them more serious, the last 3 truly coming into conscious focus...!), but the VATTING notion is totally new to me. i know many whiskeys are already blended, the more unique ones being straight from a barrel...but home blending???

    but this makes sense. i know this thread is specifically about CRoyal, but i was planning on doing some forum searching regarding vatting anyways.

    i assume whiskeys simply blend well with each other....that is, chemically. the taste, though, is another thing.

    now what i want to ask is, do these spirits blend immediately or is there another process at work that demands time?

    i assume, gary, you are blending in a bottle....what about a blending a single glass? i guess the sky's the limit?

    nonetheless, i will search the forum to see what VATTING brings up...
    Last edited by polyamnesia; 10-30-2007 at 19:53.

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    Re: Vatting Crown Royal

    Quote Originally Posted by polyamnesia View Post
    ...nonetheless, i will search the forum to see what VATTING brings up...
    Brings up SEVEN PAGES of results for me -- about FOUR PAGES worth that include post by Gary Gillman (and more than a few by me).

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Eastern Pennsylvania

    Re: Vatting Crown Royal

    Vattings can be great. Remember that Ron's Four Grain is a vatting that has never been beaten in our tastings by another vatting or stand-alone bourbon or rye. Like I said, vattings can be great.
    Colonel Joseph B. "Bourbon Joe" Koch

    "Bourbon.....It's cheaper than therapy!!"



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