Booze Review

Whisky Review – Crown Royal Noble Collection French Oak Cask Finish

Those familiar with our blog know that we’re no strangers to Crown Royal’s wide and varied whisky expressions. Over the years, we’ve reviewed several special Crown Royal releases, a few of their flavored whisky expressions, and the whisky that Jim Murray proclaimed the Best Whisky in the World way back in 2016, i.e. the Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye. Our impressions of these expressions have ranged from “Meh” to “Oh wow!”, and everywhere in between.

On today’s episode of A Tasting at The Murder Table, we’ll be reviewing the Crown Royal Noble Collection French Oak Cask Finished. Here’s what Crown Royal has to say about this whisky with the really long name:

The Crown Royal brand continues to push the boundaries of innovation with different flavor offerings and finishing techniques, most recently highlighted by the introduction of the newest addition to the Noble Collection, Crown Royal Noble Collection French Oak Cask Finished. This limited-edition expression showcases Crown Royal Fine De Luxe, the standard of excellence for Canadian whisky, finished in new French oak barrels. The result is a whisky with captivating character, body and structure, that is still undeniably Crown Royal smooth.

The famed 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 help 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.

Crown Royal Noble Collection French Oak Cask Finished is packaged in a sleek bottle with a crystal-cut style base and a resealable cork top. The canister is a rich, deep purple to match the classic Crown Royal regal purple, and it is encased in the brand’s iconic purple bag with gold accents, making this whisky the perfect gift to commemorate special occasions and holidays, including Father’s Day. Crown Royal Noble Collection French Oak Cask Finished is 80 proof, 40% Alc/Vol and will be available in limited quantities nationwide at the suggested retail price of $59.99 for a 750 mL bottle.

It sure sounds like there oughta be a whole lot to like about this special Crown Royal bottling. I mean, who doesn’t like vanilla and baking spice flavors in their whisky? We most definitely do! To find out if this very special sounding Crown Royal expression hits all of our spots, click the play button on the following video:

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Here’s a small taste of our bottomless pours of nonsense…


Many thanks to Taylor Strategy for sending us this very generous sample!

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