I’m a regular drinker of Crown Royal, mostly Crown Royal Black, which I blogged about two years ago. I rarely get regular Crown Royal due to my love of the Black variety and it’s smooth flavor and extra 10 proof [it’s 90 proof vs. 80 proof for regular Crown]. So when I heard that Crown Royal was making a special 75th anniversary blend, I had to find it.
I traveled a good amount last year and in all of the places I looked, in several different states, I was not able to find the Monarch 75th Anniversary Blend. Back in Utah, I was at our state-run liquor store a couple of days before Christmas and what did I find on the shelf next to the other Crown Royals? Yes, a bottle of the 75th Anniversary Blend. At $76 for the 750ml, I didn’t hesitate to purchase it.
Being the special blend that this is, I had to take you through the entire process of removing the bottle before pouring a couple of glasses of it. The box is a nice tone of of gold, with the front displaying the Crown Royal name and colorful logo.
The back of the box explains the history of this Canadian whisky. It reads:
“Crown Royal Monarch Seventy-Fifth Anniversary Blend commemorates the noble beginnings of Crown Royal Blended Whisky. This limited edition blend pays homage to King George VI and Queen Elizabeth’s inaugural royal visit in 1939, when they became the first reigning monarchs to journey through North America. To honor the momentous occasion, Crown Royal was created exclusively for the Royal Family meticulously crafted using the finest and most unique whiskies on the continent.”
Under the even finer print at the bottom:
“Rich with history, this limited edition whisky highlights the elegant complexity of light spice, caramel, and dried fruit – a perfect blend for celebrating seventy-five years of crafting extraordinary whisky.”
Opening the front of the box, it’s like a door that swings open, revealing another inscription that goes into detail about this 75th Anniversary Blend. The inscription reads:
“Upon their Royal visit in 1939, their Majesties King George VI and Queen Elizabeth were presented ten cases of the finest and rarest whisky to enjoy on their historic journey by train through North America. To commemorate this historic milestone, majestic bottles were artistically crafted, adorned in purple robes, and befittingly named Crown Royal.”
Under the banner “The ultimate noble gift for a king”, the rest of the inside script reads:
“This unique, limited time offering celebrates the illustrious Crown Royal blending tradition by featuring a special whisky from the historic Coffey Still, which continues to define the signature taste of Crown Royal. Out master distiller blends this exquisite Coffey Still whisky – defined by its creamy, fruity taste – with hand-picked whiskies from our extensive stocks, to create an exceptionally rich and smooth experience. Truly made for a king, Crown Royal celebrates its seventy-fifth anniversary with this specially crafted blend.”
Note that this is an anniversary blend, not aged 75 years. Just wanted to make that clear. Can’t imagine how costly a bottle of whisky aged 75 years would be, or what it would taste like.
Each bottle of Crown is enclosed in a cloth bag. Crown regular is a purple bag, Crown Black is black. I was kind of expecting this to be a gold bag, but they decided to go with white. The bag is much thicker than those that encase standard Crown blends. Regardless of the white color, this bag is a keeper once this bottle is empty. For the record, I keep every Crown bag. Usage of these bags are a subject for a future blog post.
A certificate that verifies what batch this is from as well as the bottle number is quite impressive.
The certificate numbering closer up. Again, I’m impressed here.
Removing the bottle in its bag from the the box, this presentation is pretty cool. And this is before I’ve even cracked the cap.
A closeup of the cap and the detailed tassels that tie the bag to the bottle. Another round of praise for the packaging detail.
Opening up the bag and taking a peek inside. The first photo of this post at the very top shows the bottle unbagged.
Alright. Unboxing completed, we now go into detail on how this smells, pours and tastes. First off, unlike how I consume Crown Royal Black, which I mix with Sprite, this is too nice to mix with anything but a couple of ice cubes. I also recommend serving it neat at room temperature.
Twisting off the cap, it’s sealed, so there’s some resistance when opening the bottle. It makes a slight “snap” noise as I twist, which tells me this was planned well. No plastic cellophane to remove here, folks.
The taste of this is incredible. I’ve had Crown XR before and it’s really good. This is a tad smoother, according to my taste buds. Savoring each sip, I am in whisky love with this Monarch 75th Anniversary blend. I probably won’t be able to find another bottle of this, which now in hindsight, makes me wish I would have purchased two bottles of this. At the time, cost was a prohibitor.
If you can find a bottle of this, and love Crown Royal as much as I do, I recommend you buy it. You will like it’s smooth flavor and the great taste of a well-made Canadian whiskey. I wouldn’t steer you wrong here.