Crown Royal 18 Year
- Name: Crown Royal 18 Year Old Whisky
- Type: Canadian Whisky
- Age: 18 Years
- Region: Gimli, Manitoba, Canada
- Alcohol by Volume (ABV): 40%
Tasting Notes and Technical Description:
Visual Appearance: Crown Royal 18 Year displays a sumptuous deep amber hue, leaning toward copper. Its longer aging period manifests visually through its lush coloration. Swirling the whisky in a glass reveals slow, full legs, indicative of the maturity and complexity that one would expect from an 18-year-old whisky.
Nose (Aroma): The nose opens with intricate layers of rich caramel and toffee notes, accented by subtle hints of dried fruit such as figs and raisins. As it breathes, the aroma of warm spices like cinnamon and cloves comes to the forefront, accompanied by a soft undertone of oak and leather, highlighting its extended aging process.
Palate (Taste): Upon first sip, the whisky immediately distinguishes itself with its extraordinary balance and complexity. The initial flavors are a smooth blend of butterscotch and creamy vanilla, swiftly followed by deeper notes of dark chocolate and toasted nuts. Mid-palate, one can detect nuances of spice and a slight peppery kick, but these are beautifully subdued, allowing for a remarkably smooth mouthfeel.
Finish: The finish is elegant and long-lasting, characterized by gentle waves of spice and oak that gradually recede, leaving a final note of warm caramel sweetness. There’s a subtlety to the finish that allows the whisky’s age and craftsmanship to shine through.
Mouthfeel: The Crown Royal 18 Year possesses a rich, velvety mouthfeel. Despite the complexity of flavors and a 40% ABV, there's an elegance to its texture that makes it remarkably easy to sip.
Third Base Market & Spirits Perspective:
Crown Royal 18 Year is a premier selection in our Canadian whisky offerings at Third Base Market & Spirits. It's not just a step up from younger Canadian whiskies but a leap into a category of its own. The 18 years of careful aging result in a whisky of exquisite balance and sophistication, appealing to connoisseurs who are discerning in their whisky choices.
Pairing Suggestions: Given its intricate flavor profile, this whisky pairs beautifully with equally complex dishes. Consider pairing it with grilled meats that have been seasoned with complementary spices or with rich desserts like a flourless chocolate cake to bring out the whisky’s sweet and nutty notes.
Availability: Crown Royal 18 Year is a special release, and its availability can be limited. We endeavor to keep it in stock at Third Base Market & Spirits, but it is highly sought after, especially during the holiday season or special occasions.
In summary, Crown Royal 18 Year Old Whisky is a pinnacle expression of Canadian whisky craftsmanship. Its nuanced aromas, balanced palate, and elegant finish make it a must-try for anyone seeking to experience the depth that Canadian whisky can offer. This whisky stands as a luxurious sipping experience that rewards the patience of both its makers and its enjoyers, providing a rich tapestry of flavors encapsulated in each drop.