Crown Royal XR
Diageo // Manitoba, Canada
XR or Extra Rare is a bottling that includes whiskies from the now closed LaSalle Distillery in Montreal. The distillery Greenbrier was bought, dismantled, and moved from Kentucky to Montreal in 1924 (yes, in the middle of the US Prohibition). LaSalle ceased production in 1996, but is still used as a warehouse for Crown whiskies. The first XR release (2006) included whiskies from their Waterloo distillery and came in red packaging. This release is in blue.
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.
"The aroma is heavy on the spice, both from the whisky and the barrel along with sweet notes of vanilla and candied apple caramel coating. The mid-palate is a bit aggressive and raw and is mixed with a young corn profile and dried fruit. The finish is on the dry and bitter side. For the price, the whisky should be a bit more balanced and integrated."