Crown Royal Adds French Oak Cask Finish Canadian Whisky To Line Up - The Whiskey Wash

Crown Royal Adds French Oak Cask Finish Canadian Whisky To Line Up

The Crown Royal Noble Collection is a higher end variant of the staple Canadian whisky brand owned by Diageo that allows for its distillers and blenders a chance to creatively explore more interesting bottlings. It is now in its fourth year, and for the latest expression the focus is upon finishing in French oak casks.

The new Crown Royal Noble Collection French Oak Cask Finished, according to those behind it, is a limited edition whisky that’s been finished in French oak casks whose wood was sourced “from the renowned Vosges region in France, known for its meticulously manicured forests and ideal climate that creates the tightest grain to helps impart subtle flavors and aromas of vanilla and baking spices into the whisky. Once harvested, the oak is open-air seasoned for two years to transform the wood in order to set the stage for the final two-step fire toasting.”

Crown Royal Noble Collection French Oak Cask Finished

Crown Royal Noble Collection French Oak Cask Finished (image via Crown Royal)

“We are honored to share this exceptional whisky and grateful we were given creative liberty to do so,” said Mark Balkenende, Master Blender for Crown Royal, in a prepared statement. “Our ability to elevate Crown Royal Fine De Luxe using innovative materials to bring out new flavors was an exciting experience for this team of veteran blenders. We are always looking for ways to experiment with the brand’s flavor profile and with Crown Royal Noble Collection French Oak Cask Finished, it is evident how intentional changes in barrel selection and aging can enhance the flavor while elevating the signature smoothness of Crown Royal Fine De Luxe.”

French Oak Cask Finished, bottled at 80 proof (40% ABV), is packaged in a bottle with a crystal-cut style base and a resealable cork top. The canister is a deep purple to match the classic Crown Royal regal purple, and it is encased in the brand’s iconic purple bag with gold accents. The whisky is pricing around $60 per 750 ml bottle, and you’ll find some official tasting notes below for your consideration.

The French oak used in Crown Royal Noble Collection French Oak Cask Finished is sourced from the renowned Vosges region in France, known for its meticulously manicured forests and ideal climate that creates the tightest grain to helps impart subtle flavors and aromas of vanilla and baking spices into the whisky. Once harvested, the oak is open-air seasoned for two years to transform the wood in order to set the stage for the final two-step fire toasting. These precisely toasted new French oak barrels allow the brand to marry Crown Royal Fine De Luxe with rich dark notes of caramel, vanilla and fruit along with a body and structure that can only be achieved through French oak.