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CROWN ROYAL APPLE CANADIAN WHISKY (750 ML)
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In 1939, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth made history when they were the first reigning monarchs to travel across North America. They traveled from Quebec City to Vancouver by train. Before they made their arrival to North America an entrepreneur had a goal to craft a whisky that King George VI and Queen Elizabeth could enjoy while traveling across the continent. After experimenting with over 600 different blends and going through different types of glasses, labels, and bottles. The entrepreneur created what he believed was the best type of whisky and called it Crown Royal. When the King and Queen arrived, they have gifted ten cases of the whisky from Canada to enjoy while they were traveling. Crown Royal apple whisky the nose is an immediate blast of apple. Although the apple note isn’t horribly artificial, it’s read more like a candy apple than a fresh one, and it’s got a fairly sour core. Overall the apple aroma is way too much – as strong and pungent as the maple was for Crown Royal Maple Finished, but far less pleasant. The apple on the nose is so strong that it’s extremely difficult to get beyond it to the aromas of the base whiskey. The base whiskey is there, with a hint of cinnamon and oak, but you have to dig like hell through the overbearing apple to get to it. The entry for Crown Royal Regal Apple is very sweet with the strong apple from the nose. As with the nose, the apple flavor is candied apple, far amplified, sweetened, and exaggerated from real apple flavor. Maybe dialed back to about 50% this apple would be enjoyable, but here it’s like having a candy apple shoved in your mouth. Burnt sienna color. Give the whisky a whirl and lots of clingy, thick, slow-moving legs form. There are faint hints of whisky in there around mid-palate with the more familiar flavor of cinnamon and finally the expected heat of the alcohol. Maybe a bit like following up a slice of apple pie with Listerine.