As an expert sommelier and brewer, I am delighted to share with you the fascinating journey of the Crown Royal Noble Collection. This series, consisting of seven annual releases, offers a unique exploration into the various components that contribute to the original Crown Royal Blend. Each release showcases a distinct character and flavor profile, providing whisky enthusiasts with an opportunity to delve deeper into the world of Crown Royal.
The Crown Royal Noble Collection made its debut in 2016, and ever since, it has captivated the palates of whisky connoisseurs. Each release in this collection is carefully crafted to highlight specific elements that contribute to the renowned Crown Royal Blend. The collection serves as a testament to the exceptional craftsmanship and dedication that go into creating these exceptional whiskies.
Let's embark on a journey through the years and explore the different releases within the Crown Royal Noble Collection:
1. Crown Royal Cornerstone Blend (2016): This inaugural release sets the foundation for the Noble Collection. It showcases the rich and robust flavors of hand-selected Crown Royal whiskies, expertly blended to create a harmonious and balanced expression.
2. Crown Royal Wine Barrel Finished (2017): This release takes the Crown Royal Blend and finishes it in French oak wine barrels. The result is a whisky with enhanced fruitiness and elegant nuances derived from the interaction with the wine-infused wood. This unique finish imparts a delightful complexity to the already exceptional blend.
3. Crown Royal Blender's Mash (2018): In this release, Crown Royal pays homage to the essential component of any whisky blend – the “blender's mash.” This expression showcases the distinct flavor profile of the grain whisky that forms the backbone of Crown Royal, offering a glimpse into the artistry of the master blender.
4. Crown Royal 13-Year-Old Blenders' Mash (2019): Continuing the exploration of the blender's mash, this release presents a whisky aged for thirteen years. The extended maturation period allows the flavors to develop and deepen, resulting in a remarkably smooth and complex dram.
5. Crown Royal Noble Collection 16-Year-Old Rye (2020): This release celebrates the vibrant and spicy character of Canadian rye whisky. Aged for sixteen years, the whisky in this collection showcases the bold and distinctive flavors that have made Crown Royal a beloved name in the whisky world.
6. Crown Royal Noble Collection 15-Year-Old Rye (2021): Building upon the success of the previous rye release, this expression features fifteen-year-old Canadian rye whisky. It offers a slightly different flavor profile, yet still exhibits the remarkable complexity and depth that is characteristic of Crown Royal.
7. Crown Royal Noble Collection 14-Year-Old Rye (2022): The most recent release in the series, this whisky is aged for fourteen years. It continues the exploration of Canadian rye whisky, showcasing the unique qualities that make it stand out in the world of whisky.
As an avid whisky enthusiast, I have had the pleasure of experiencing some of these remarkable releases from the Crown Royal Noble Collection. Each expression has its own distinct character and flavor profile, providing a glimpse into the artistry and craftsmanship that go into creating these exceptional whiskies.
The Crown Royal Noble Collection is a series of seven annual releases that offer a captivating exploration of the various components that contribute to the original Crown Royal Blend. From the rich and robust Cornerstone Blend to the age-statement rye whiskies, each release showcases the unique qualities that make Crown Royal a beloved name in the whisky world. Whether you are a seasoned whisky connoisseur or just beginning your whisky journey, the Crown Royal Noble Collection provides an opportunity to indulge in the artistry and complexity of these exceptional whiskies.