“Our newest variety brings together our distinctively smooth whisky with lemonade for a refreshingly light tasting and easy drinking cocktail that’s perfect for Spring and Summer.”
Whiskey Lemonade joins the previously released lineup of Peach Tea, Washington Apple, and Whiskey Cola. If you’re looking for a quick grab and go these are actually pretty decent. If you know our tastes, we typically are anti ready-to-drink cocktails but over the last couple of years the quality of booze hitting the shelf has actually improved. Unfortunately when they say limited, they do mean just that. In addition to it being available just for the Spring & Summer months, it’s only available in about a 3rd of the country (AL, AZ, CA, FL, IL, IN, KY, LA, MI, MO, NC, OH, OR, PA, TX, WA, WV). So if you see it, grab it, and if it’s not available in your area hopefully you’ve got some buddies in a state that does.
The world needs another honey flavored liquor like we need another Kardashian show… We don’t. Yet here I am staring at a golden bottle of the new Crown Royal Honey wondering if it’s any good. I heard rumors of a Crown Royal Honey a couple months back and thought “ugh”, but the truth is they wouldn’t make it if someone wouldn’t buy it. And then I remember brands are all about market share, it doesn’t matter who came out with what first, just ask Jack Daniels Fire or Jim Beam Apple. It’s a better late than never kind of industry. With its quiet release in several states it’s already flying off the shelves and even when I made some attempts to snag a bottle early with no luck, I called my local ABC and Total Wine locations and BOTH were sold out. Thankfully I was doing some traveling this month on the West Coast and snagged a bottle. (See, I pay for my liquor too!). I’m a fan of Canadian Whisky, especially Crown so I had to find out if this was just another shelf filler of it’s the real deal.
First Impression: If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. The familiar look and feel of a Crown Royal bottle continues here with a gold tint to the box, the label, and the bag it comes in. I’ve actually got quite the collection of Crown Royal pouches around my house. Some are full of coins, some are full of knick-knacks, I guess I’m kind of a hoarder. When you crack open the cap, you get a very refreshing blast of honey and whisky all at once. It’s got a very sweet aroma, but not obnoxious to the nose. One thing I will say is this, If I put this next to a bottle ofJack Daniel’s Tennessee Honeyand did a blind smell test I wouldn’t be able to tell you the difference. Not a bad product to be compared too, it’s one of the best-selling and our personal favorite of the honey whiskies out right now.
Tasting: The guys at Crown hit the nail on the head with this one. Not too thick and syrupy, not overly sweet, it’s a whisk(e)y with honey flavor, the way it should be. For comparison, Wild Turkey’s American Honey is pretty popular but we can’t stand it. Not only is it too sweet, it’s thick like they took real honey and added just enough whiskey to give it a buzz. Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey improved on this concept greatly with a much better liquid consistency and a great taste but still a bit too sweet for the typical whiskey drinker which makes sense because it’s a honey liqueur made with whiskey, not the other way around. They accomplished this by mixing Crown’s classic blend of whiskies with subtle but sweet wild clover and sunflower honey. I’m not a honey expert, but whatever those are, they work great with Canadian whisky. The finish on this one is smooth and yet leaves a cool tingling feeling around your mouth. Now if it’s tingling more than a few seconds that’s not the whisky, you should get yourself checked out.
Price: 19.99-24.99 [Varies by state]
Final Word: Crown Royal Honey does NOT disappoint. If you’re already a fan of other honey whiskies on the market then this is just another to add to the collection from a familiar brand we all trust. If you’re one of those whisk(e)y snobs that doesn’t think you should mess with whiskey don’t bother, this one isn’t for you, but it is the closest to the real thing we’ve had so far. This is for those that like the sweet stuff, or the fun to drink stuff, or the easy to mix stuff. Simple as that. You can enjoy this one all by itself on ice or have some fun with it making cocktails over the Summer. It’s pretty hot here in Florida so I’m going to keep a bottle handy and sip it on ice, or maybe add some lemonade to it and call it a day.
Disclaimer: Sample bottle of Crown Royal Honey was provided courtesy of my bank account. For more information including Crown Royal Honey recipes, or where to buy Crown Royal Honey, visit their website at www.crownroyal.com OR you can check back here at Intoxicology.com where we’ll be making and sharing some recipes in the upcoming weeks.
When crown wants to prove a point, they prove it. They’re competing against big flavored whiskey brands like Jack Daniels Honey and Wild Turkey American Honey so they’re making a big splash with Crown Royal Maple.
First Impression: Crowns built a legacy around their bottle and bag so nothing crazy here. They’ve swapped out the purple for a fitting brown make-over instead.
Tasting Notes: In many cases less is more. While many brands go out of their way to create cutting edge and innovative bottle designs and art, you can’t blame Crown for sticking to what it knows best. Same classic bottle, same classy label, and everyone’s favorite accessory, the crown royal bag, but this time with a slight twist. In honor of its flavor, Crown royal maple features a brown labeling and matching maple brown bag. When we opened this one up, it was like walking into the kitchen on Sunday morning with a fresh batch of pancakes in the works. With an almost overwhelming aroma of sweet maple syrup, there’s no mistaking what you’re getting into with this one. Mrs. Butters-worth would be proud. Though I’m a boysenberries fan myself, the aroma alone is enough to get you excited for the first sip…
Having grown up in the Midwest, I’m a fan of Crown but I was afraid there would be a little too much flavor and not enough whiskey in this one. They did a great job however of making a drinkable product. Crown Royal Maple is pleasantly sweetened while still letting you know this is a whisky not a liqueur. Crown has always been known as a beginners whisky, and with a perfect complement of maple flavor it becomes even more appealing to the drinker that isn’t quite ready for the tough stuff. The Maple mixes in with the warm vanilla and cinnamon perfectly. On the rocks it works, but use it in a few mixed drinks and the maple adds an interesting element.
Proof: 35% ABV [70 Proof]
Drink Suggestions: On Ice
Final Word: Fan’s of crown royal usually like Crown because it’s a “sweeter” bourbon, and if that’s you then this one won’t dissapoint. Is it sweet? Absolutely. Is it a bit much? I think so. Does it still taste good? Yup, so that pretty much ends that debate. Classic bourbon drinkers will probably pass but for fans of flavors and especially loyal Crown fans this is an easy purchase
…..Looking for a little holiday cheer? Look no further-these holiday cocktails are sure to get you through any kind of season. Enjoy them with friends at a holiday party, or with a special someone by the cozy fire.
Crown Royal® – 1.5 oz.
Maraschino Cherry – 1
Orange – 1 slice
Orange Marmalade – 1 tablespoon
Cinnamon – 1 teaspoon
Sugar – 1 teaspoon
Ginger Syrup – 2 dashes Muddle orange and maraschino cherry together with marmalade and syrup, and then add Crown Royal. Shake with ice and strain into an ice-filled glass rimmed with cinnamon and sugar. Garnish with orange zest.
Crown Royal Cinnamon Apple
Crown Royal® – 1 oz.
Goldschlager® Cinnamon Schnapps – .25 oz.
Apple Schnapps – .25 oz.
Cranberry Juice – 2 oz Combine the ingredients, and shake and serve over ice. Garnish with apple slice and cinnamon stick.
Royal Hot Toddy
Crown Royal® – 1.5 oz.
Heated Cider – 2 oz.
Honey – .25 oz.
Lemon Juice – .25 oz. Serve in a warm coffee mug and sprinkle with cinnamon. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.