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Whiskey Review: Crown Royal Aged 18 Years Extra Rare

Editor’s note: This whiskey was provided to us as a review sample by Crown Royal. This in no case, by our editorial policies, influenced the final outcome of this review. It should also be noted that by clicking the purchase link at the bottom of this review, our site receives a small sponsorship payment which helps support, but not influence, our editorial and other costs.

Fit for royalty – that was the aim of the distillers who created the first batch of Crown Royal in 1939 as a gift to commemorate the visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of England to Canada. After testing 600 blends, the distillers settled on a blend of 50 selected whiskeys which were then bottled in the finest glass, draped in purple robes and placed on board the Royal train. Decades later, Crown Royal, which spans more than 360 acres in Gimli, Manitoba on the shores of Lake Winnipeg, credits its flavor to hearty ingredients built to withstand harsh Canadian weather and “distinctly fresh water, which is naturally filtered through the limestone beneath Lake Winnipeg. Although not available in the United States until 1964, Crown Royal has become the most popular Canadian whiskey in the United States. according to Forbes.

Fast forward to now, and Crown Royal has released its Crown Royal Aged 18 Years Extra Rare Blended Canadian Whiskey. And, not to be outdone by its past, Crown Royal has teamed up with a different kind of royalty to celebrate this release – famous grillz maker Scotty ATL. Grill are a type of jewelry worn on the teeth. They are usually gold, silver or platinum and often contain inlaid ornamental jewels. In honor of the launch, Scotty ATL created four intricate and exclusive grillz sets, one of which was auctioned off to benefit the Atlanta Artist Relief Fund.

This whiskey is a blend of three of Crown Royal’s “most exceptional whiskeys”, hand selected by their Master Blenders and aged 18 years to create this “crown jewel of one of their rarest stocks”. . Tucked inside in a box with dark purple doors, you’ll open to find the decanted whiskey in a glass bottle, wrapped in the matching dark purple “robe”.

Crown Royal Aged 18 Years Extra Rare Canadian Blended Whiskey (image via Devon Lyon)

Tasting Notes: Crown Royal Aged 18 Years Extra Rare Canadian Blended Whiskey

Vital Stats: 18 years old. 80 Proof, (40% ABV). A blend of three of what Crown Royal calls its “most exceptional whiskies”. Price around $300. Gimli, Manitoba.

Appearance: The spirit is medium-dark amber in color, reminiscent of the orange-brown resin known for its preservation of fossils.

Nose: An unusually sweet and mellow nose, this spirit has distinct notes of vanilla and stone fruit, such as mango and peach, with a hint of oak, and caramel with no trace of astringency.

Palace: Exceptionally smooth with a slight sweetness, a subtle woody finish and just a lingering hint of pepper, this whiskey is well balanced with complex flavours.