Crown Royal XO
Crown Royal // Manitoba, Canada
Whisky finished in former Cognac bottles is becoming a little more common. It usually brings a more tropical profile to the whiskey -- think coconut and banana. Crown Royal is one of the first Canadian whiskies to give it a try, having previously used a Cognac finish on their popular Crown Royal Cask No. 16.
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.
Cask Typefinished in ex-cognac barrels
"The nose is sweet, with the low-key caramel, oak, and nutmeg that will be familiar to Crown Royal drinker, as well as a dash of orange bitters. In the mouth, it starts out similarly familiar, with toffee, rich chocolate, charred oak, and candied nuts. This gives way eventually to more oak, dried apricot, cream, butterscotch, rye spice, and cloves. Pleasant and easy-drinking, though the effect of the Cognac cask may be less pronounced than you expect. "