Last night I tried Crown Royal Cask No. 16 for the first time. Admittedly, I was a bit hesitant, as I’m no fan of Crown Royal. Sure it comes wrapped in purple velvet that feels great against my beard, but you can’t hide mediocre whiskey behind purple velvet.
Crown Royal Cask No. 16 keeps the velvet but trades purple for black and ups the flavor ante over its flagship friend. Cask No. 16 is a blend of more than 50 whiskies aged in French oak cognac casks. The oak casks impart some sweet vanilla and fruit notes that are pretty pleasant. Consumed neat it goes down very smoothly, but much of the rye bite you expect from a Canadian blend is lost. Although, during the long finish it ditches some of that sweetness for a bit more rye.
All in all, I liked the stuff and might order a glass after a nice dinner, but I don’t plan on plunking down $100 for a bottle any time soon. Call me old fashioned, but I like my whiskies to assert themselves a bit more as they go down.
CE Rating: ★★★