Crown Royal Noble Collection Cornerstone Blend
Crown Royal // Ontario, Canada
Crown Royal Cornerstone Blend is the first limited edition release in an annual series known as the Noble Collection. Released in April 2016, Cornerstone Blend consists of three whiskies originally safeguarded by Crown Royal at their Valleyfield warehousing before being married together: 61% of a "bourbon-style" whisky with a 60% corn, 36% rye and 4% malted barley mashbill, 6% of Coffey rye featuring the same mashbill but made on Crown's Coffey still, and 33% of a high-rye whisky, at 96% rye, 4% malted barley. The youngest whisky in the blend is 8 years.
CanadianDISTILLED IN CANADA AND AGED IN BARRELS FOR AT LEAST THREE YEARS; OFTEN (BUT NOT ALWAYS) CANADIAN WHISKIES ARE BLENDS OF CORN, BARLEY, AND RYE WHISKIES WHICH WERE DISTILLED AND MATURED SEPARATELY. TRADITIONALLY, CANADIAN WHISKEY IS CALLED “RYE”, ALTHOUGH NO MINIMUM PERCENTAGE OF RYE-GRAIN WHISKY IS REQUIRED IN A BLEND.
"Cornerstone offers an oaky nose, with baking spices and cloves, rye spice, and a light fruitiness. The palate is creamy, and starts soft before offering a more robust rye-spice backbone, along with cherries, vanilla, berries, and red apples. The finish is pleasant and long lasting, offering more baking spices, fruits and oak for a smooth and well-balanced ride from start to finish. "