Crown Royal is by far the most popular Canadian whisky with annual global sales close to 5.5 million cases.
The brand currently owned by Diageo was introduced in 1939 by Sam Bronfman, the owner of Seagram Company, to commemorate Canadian visit of King George VI and his daughter Elizabeth, the current Queen of England. Crown Royal Cask No. 16 was launched in 2007, it is basically standard Crown Royal finished for unspecified period of time in cognac casks. The number “16” possibly refers to the forest region of Limousin in France, from which the oak was harvested. Cask No. 16 was phased out in 2013 possibly due to growing demand for Crown Royal Black and Maple expressions.
Nose: peaches, plums, grapes, milk chocolate, toffee, rye bread, hints of licorice, touches of leather and oak shavings.
Palate: fruity, with delicate brandy notes, figs, raisins, dried apricots, toasted rye bread with butter, hints of ginger and nutmeg.
Finish: medium long, with notes of dried fruits, hints of spice and oak.