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Crown Royal vs Gentleman Jack: Head to Head!

Discover the differences between Crown Royal Deluxe vs Gentleman Jack in this head to head comparison and decide which Whiskey is better for You!

Crown Royal Deluxe

NoseVanilla, caramel, pear, ethanol
PalateSpice, clove, vanilla, ripe fruit
FinishShort-lived, caramel, oak spice
Alcohol content80 proof (40% ABV)
How to drinkRocks
Similar toCanadian Club, Kirkland Canadian

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. 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, although I’d rather use a rye whiskey as I prefer my cocktails to be heavy on the spice.

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.

Every bottle includes a purple velvet pouch that makes a good token.

There are a few facts worth knowing about this whisky:

  • 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 drinks giant, who also owns Johnnie Walker, Bulleit, Don Julio Tequila, Casamigos, among several other brands.

Gentleman Jack

NoseBanana, caramel, vanilla
PalateCorn, vanilla, caramel, oak char
FinishCorn, nutmeg, caramel, oak
Alcohol content80 proof (40% ABV)
How to drinkRocks
Similar toKnob Creek, Woodford Reserve

The nose brings the same plastic banana note of the traditional Jack Daniel’s No. 7, along a hint of caramel and a touch of vanilla and a whiff of oak.

On the palate, Gentleman Jack feels thin lacking in body. Flavor is high in corn up-front, followed by vanilla and caramel. There is some bitterness coming from an oak char note, but nothing too terrible.

The finish is short-lived, with more corn to it, a touch of nutmeg, caramel and oak.

If you have tried the traditional Jack Daniel’s you are going to find the Gentleman Jack to be a refined and polished version.

The peppery and harsh notes have been mellowed out through a double-filtering process using homemade charcoal before bottling; the Old No. 7 is only filtered once.

Gentleman Jack is smooth, not too complex, but plain and watery. An improvement over the No. 7 which is not a major accomplishment as the latter is not that good, to be honest.

Overall, the Gentleman Jack is drinkable on the rocks but does not make a memorable whiskey; there are several good sippers at this price point that you should take in consideration before the Gent Jack.

There are a few things worth knowing about this whiskey:

  • It has no age statement but its around 5 years.
  • Gentleman Jack is not a bourbon but a Tennessee Whiskey, that is to say, a spirit distilled in Tennessee from at least 51% corn, aged in new charred oak barrels and that been filtered using the Lincoln County Process, filtering the spirit through charcoal before barreling.
  • Gentleman Jack is double-filtered through handcrafted charcoal in a process that takes from 3 to 5 days before going through another round. The No. 7 is only filtered once.
  • This whiskey comes from a mash bill of 80% corn, 8% rye, and 12% malted barley.
  • Produced in Tennessee, by the Jack Daniel Distillery, which has been owned by the Brown–Forman Corporation since 1956. Brown-Forman owns other brands such as Woodford Reserve, Old Forester Bourbon and Herradura Tequila.

Crown Royal vs Gentleman Jack: Price comparison

Prices are approximate and stated in USD:

WhiskeyPriceBottle Size
Crown Royal Deluxe$411L
Gentleman Jack$461L

Crown Royal vs Gentleman Jack: Which is better?

The Gentleman Jack is marginally better

WhiskeyCrown RoyalGentleman Jack
  • Neither Crown Royal nor the Gentleman Jack are the most memorable or interesting whiskeys but if I had to choose between these two I would stay with the Gentleman as it has some more interesting notes.
  • They are both smooth, thin, watered-down, lack character, with overly short finishes.
  • The Crown Royal hits you with a bit of rye spice, while the Jack brings an oak char note making them the only things to highlight about these whiskeys.
  • Life is too short to drink bad whiskey so you should consider other options.

Whisky or Whiskey?

Crown Royal is a whisky and Gentleman Jack a whiskey. Canadians inherited the Scottish tradition of spelling “whisky” while only the Irish and Americans add the E in “whiskey”.

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