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Review: Crown Royal Whiskey Lemonade

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Last year, it seemed like everyone was throwing something alcoholic in a can. As one of the most trusted and popular blending whiskeys in bars across the country, it’s no surprise that Crown Royal has joined the party. Their basic line launched last March and includes a Whiskey & Cola (their marketing webpage suggests you can skip the prep and cleanup by drinking them, which I guess means avoiding the hassle of opening a can of cola and a bottle of Crown Royal), Washington Apple, Peach Tea and this Crown Royal whiskey lemonade, a seasonal version.

Nicky Heckles, Vice President, noted in a recent press release that: “The new Whiskey Lemonade flavor is the latest innovation that fuses a familiar summer staple with the boldness of our whisky, offering a fresh take on ready-to-drink cocktails. to drink. “It’s available in seventeen states, including Oregon as well as California, Florida and Texas (sorry, New York!).

Crown Royal is one of the most recognizable Canadian whiskey brands in the world. Now owned by Diageo, the original Crown Royal was launched to commemorate the 1939 tour of Canada by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. you have visited. This is the whiskey I associate with cocktails and does a great job.

The box is a step up in a design sense from the others. Its wrapped label is textured, a nice touch that enhances the experience. I could see boxes of it with a decorative paper straw at mid-priced hotels, a posh BBQ, and even a bachelor/bachelorette party. The marketing website’s lack of information, even a tasting note, leaves a bitter impression, pun intended. In the absence of information, your guess is as good as mine for determining the ingredient ratios of the finished product.

Crown Royal Whiskey Lemonade (image via Diageo)

Tasting notes: Crown Royal Whiskey Lemonade

Vital Stats: Age time, container and mash bill not stated. 7% ABV, SRP $14.99 / pack of four 12-ounce cans.

Appearance: Pale yellow with a slight haze. Slow bubbles.

Nose: Poured into a tasting glass, it has aromas of Meyer lemon zest, raw rolled oats, lemon candies and sea salt. It smells slightly metallic.

Palace: I was surprised and delighted to find that it was a slightly fizzy drink. Bubbles add texture and lift to a cocktail that can be quite cloying. And not cloying is a great descriptor of this drink. I expect this cocktail to border on saccharine, with an overwhelming swell to balance out the sugar. It’s not that. It’s more like lemon tea than lemonade, with very little acidity on the palate. This tells me there is no lemon juice here, just lemon flavor. I guess when life gives you a lemon flavor, call it lemonade.

On the whiskey side, there is more action. The Crown Royal is distinguished by its creamy and sweet taste of freshly baked biscuits. It saves the drink: it tastes like whiskey in it and that whiskey is delicious. For the best experience, I suggest getting out the cutting board (sorry, no prep saving here) and adding a lemon wedge. I think the lemon flavor is a bit overkill without the corresponding acidity.