Discover the differences between Seagram’s 7 vs Seagram’s VO in this head to head comparison and decide which Whiskey is better for You!
Seagram’s 7 Crown Blended Whiskey
- Nose: Ethanol, caramel, fruit.
- Palate: Vanilla, caramel, sugar.
- Finish: Short, caramel.
The nose hits with ethanol at first, but nothing too terrible. As you let it develop caramel and a fruity note pop-up.
On the palate, Seagram’s feels thin as it displays a watery texture. Taste offers vanilla and an artificial caramel note, along sugary sweetness. There is a fruity note to it but it also tastes artificial to me.
The finish is short-lived with very little warmth, leaving an aftertaste of something that resembles caramel.
Seagram’s 7 is bad, yet drinkable. Throw it down with some ginger ale, 7-Up or Coke and it even becomes enjoyable but definitely not something to drink neat.
It has an overly artificial taste that becomes cloying after a few sips.
Seagram’s was a Canadian Whisky headquartered in Montreal. The company later collapsed and its assets were sold to companies like Coca-Cola, Pernod-Ricard and Diageo.
This whisky is now produced in Norwalk, CT and is owned by Diageo, the British drinks giant, with a portfolio of 200 brands that includes household names like Johnny Walker, Don Julio, Bulleit, Casamigos.
Learn how it compares to the Crown Royal!
There are a few facts worth knowing about Seagram’s 7:
- Bottled at 80 proof.
- It has no age statement.
- It is comprised of 25% straight whiskey and 75% neutral grain.
- Nose: Nail polish, apricot, lemon, rye.
- Palate: Rye spice, vanilla, sour apple, cinnamon.
- Finish: Medium length and bitter.
The nose if faint, almost non-existent. There is a nail polish note at first followed by apricot, lemon and rye spice.
On the palate, Seagram’s VO feels thin and watered-down lacking in texture.
Taste is as mild as the nose with very little flavor which is pretty much alcohol with whiskey flavor. Rye spice hits first, followed by artificial vanilla, sour apple and a touch of cinnamon.
The finish has a medium length, leaving a lingering bitter aftertaste.
Overall easy to drink and inoffensive although nothing really stands out. Somewhat sweet, mostly bitter finish making a bad sipper.
At the low price it has some value as a bottom shelf whiskey to make cheap cocktails.
Learn how it compares to the Crown Royal Deluxe!
There are a few facts worth knowing about the Seagram’s VO:
- Bottled at 80 proof.
- Aging length is not disclosed but must be at least 3 years.
- Mash bill is undisclosed.
- Made at the Sazerac’s Old Montreal Distillery in Montreal, Quebec.
- The VO was launched to celebrate Joseph Seagram’s son, Thomas, upon his wedding.
- VO stands for “Very Own”.
Seagram’s 7 vs Seagram’s VO: Price comparison
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Seagram’s 7 vs Seagram’s VO: Which is better?
VO is a better tasting whiskey than 7
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- The VO is an improvement over the 7, which is not a great achievement.
- The VO is inoffensive, lacking in body and flavors, with a bitter aftertaste making it a bad sipper.
- VO can be used as a mixer to make cheap cocktails although there are several better options such as the Canadian Club that is just as affordable and is a better rounded whisky.
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