By Mike Thayer
Hey, it's been awhile since I've done one of these....
Blended and flavored whiskeys are red hot right now, consumer demand for brown spirits continues to rise with American Whiskey in particular seeing some phenomenal sales growth.
Regular readers know that I am a fan of flavored whiskey, I've always got a bottle of something in my freezer for a chilled shot or a flavored specialty in the liquor cabinet to enjoy on the rocks. My favorite in all this tasting fun so far, has been Yukon Jack Jacapple.
Back in April, there was a big buzz about Crown Royal Peach. A limited edition, the stuff flew off the shelves, liquor stores quickly sold out and I didn't get into a store fast enough to get some to review. Not a store in town had any by the time I went looking for it that's how popular the peach was. Placed on back order, it's now late August and the peach is back on liquor store shelves, so I jumped on a tip (thanks Vicki S!) and I can finally see if this stuff lives up to all the hype it got this spring.
Here's the description from the box: To create this extraordinary blend, Crown Royal whiskies are carefully selected by our master blender and infused with the juicy flavor of fresh Georgia peaches. Our peaches are harvested to capture their ripe succulence. Once picked, the peaches are de-stoned, pressed and strained to preserve their bright, aromatic flavor.
The harmonious notes of this summer fruit complement the richness of Crown Royal Blended Whiskey. The result is a vibrantly delicious whisky, bursting with the luscious flavor of peach and the distinctive smoothness of Crown Royal. Enjoy on the rocks, as a shot, or mixed with iced tea for a refreshing cocktail.
Wow, how can you NOT want to sample the stuff after reading that? Kudos to the Crown Royal marketing team. So yes, as suggested, but how I taste test a review anyway, I tried it on the rocks and as a shot. Side note: I'm not a huge iced tea fan, but that iced tea cocktail suggestion does sound pretty good!
And now for the tasting....
I've sampled a few other peach flavored whiskeys and I've made the remark that I don't think whiskey and peach is a good flavor pairing....... Crown Royal has changed my mind.
You definitely get a nice peach whiff right off the bat in the nose. The swirl (nice color!) and swallow are both quite enticing, almost dangerously so. After reviewing Crown Royal Regal Apple back in April when the peach was not available, I half-expected this to be a bit too peach forward, like the Regal Apple was a bit too fruit forward, but not so with the peach. This is really a very well balanced flavored whiskey to include the finish, the most important part of a good whiskey. It's warm, the peach softly fading to that classic Crown Royal smoothness, deliciously smooth.
I didn't care for peach flavored whiskey until now, but I apparently didn't try the right stuff! Costing me $25.99 for a 750ml bottle, it's a bit pricey - it's Crown Royal after all, part of that price is the name and the packaging - but it's well worth it! Crown Royal Peach Flavored Whiskey is a repeat buy and has cracked my top 3 of best flavored whiskeys! I'm giving it 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars and I'm looking forward to trying that iced tea cocktail!
$pend Wisely My Friends.....