Discover the differences between Caribou Crossing vs Crown Royal in this in-depth comparison and decide which Whisky is better for You!
Caribou Crossing Single Barrel
- Nose: Caramel, vanilla, roasted nuts.
- Palate: Rye spice, vanilla, baking spice, caramel, oak.
- Finish: Short, rye spice, oak.
The nose is light and pleasant with hints of caramel, vanilla and a touch of roasted peanuts.
On the palate, it feels a bit thin lacking in texture. Flavor hits with mild rye spice and vanilla up-front, giving way to baking spice and caramel. Just a bit of oak spice is noticeable.
The finish is short and somewhat dry, with rye spice and oak and very little warmth.
It drinks easy neat with no need to add water or ice as it goes down with no burn.
Caribou Crossing is not a bad whiskey, but definitely unimpressive. You get some good notes and not one harsh or off-putting hint, just that it feels thin and watered-down as the typical Canadian Whisky.
Not worth the price despite being sold as the first Canadian Single Barrel Whisky since the 19th century. There are several more affordable whiskeys and bourbons offering similar profiles.
Another let down about this whiskey is that it’s likely to have artificial coloring and flavorings as this is allowed under the rules that govern Canadian Whisky; Bourbon rules don’t allow this practice.
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There are a few facts worth knowing about the Caribou Crossing Single Barrel:
- Bottled at 80 proof.
- No age statement, meaning it was likely aged for 3 years.
- Made using an undisclosed mash although you can tell it’s a bit high in rye.
- Crafted at the Old Montreal Distillery established in 1929.
- Bottled at the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Kentucky. The U.S. based Sazerac Company owns Caribou along several other brands such as Pappy, Weller Bourbon, Blanton’s among several others.
Crown Royal Deluxe
- Nose: Vanilla, caramel, pear, ethanol.
- Palate: Spice, clove, vanilla, ripe fruit.
- Finish: Short-lived, caramel, oak spice.
Nose is faint and sweet, with notes of vanilla, caramel, pear and whiff of ethanol coming behind.
On the palate, Crown Royal feels thin and watered-down lacking in body. Flavor hits with rye spice and clove up-front, followed by vanilla and notes of pear and apple providing balance to the pour.
The finish is barely present, with caramel and a touch of oak spice.
Overall, the Crown Royal is smooth and polite as a good Canadian Whiskey. Very little warmth to it making an easy sipper and a good introductory dram to Canadian Whisky or liquors in general.
This whiskey has a fair amount of spice that feels on the first sips. This spicy notes sits well in cocktails and especially in an Old Fashioned.
Crown Royal also mixes well with Coke and ginger ale so it becomes handy making it somewhat versatile.
Definitely, not the most interesting whisky in the world but there’s nothing terrible about it and can get the job done when looking for a smooth whisky to make cocktails.
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Every bottle includes a purple velvet pouch that makes a good token.
There are a few facts worth knowing about this whisky:
- Bottled at 80 proof (40% ABV).
- Crown Royal Deluxe is a blend of 50 different whiskies from 5 different mash bills.
- The whiskies in the blend aged for a minimum of 10 years.
- Crown Royal is not a rye whiskey but you can tell that there is a high rye content in the mash bill.
- This whisky is produced in mass in the Gimli Distillery in Manitoba. It holds an inventory of over 1.5 million barrels of whisky making it one of the largest in the world.
- Crown Royal is owned by Diageo, the British spirits giant, who also owns Johnnie Walker and 200 other brands.
Caribou Crossing vs Crown Royal: Price comparison
Prices are approximate and stated in USD:
|Crown Royal Deluxe||$41||1L|
Caribou Crossing vs Crown Royal: Which is better?
Crown Royal offers better value for the money
|Whiskey||Caribou Crossing||Crown Royal|
- The Caribou has some tasting notes but feels thin lacking in body and weak, coming as an overpriced whisky not worth the price.
- The Crown Royal might not the be the most interesting whisky in the world but it goes down nicely and its price allows for experimentation providing good value for the money.
- It also provides a nice purple velvet pouch that makes a good token!
I am a bar and liquor shop owner in Oaxaca, Mexico where I have tasted hundreds of different spirits; perhaps more than I should!