Review: Crown Royal Regal Apple Canadian Whisky

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Apple is the cinnamon of 2015, showing up in all kinds of spirits but, particularly, whiskey. This familiar, nostalgic flavor seems to be a big crowd-pleaser, offering tartness, sweetness, and Americana all in a single package.

Now it’s Crown Royal’s turn, with its latest expression: Regal Apple. Regal on account of the crown, I guess. The spirit is specifically flavored with natural Gala apple flavor.

The good news is that this is a better product than Crown’s prior flavored whisky, Maple Finished. The bad news is that Maple Finished was so lackluster that that isn’t saying very much.

Here, the nose is distinctly apple-fueled, but almost bitter to the nostrils to the point of astringency. Some vague vanilla and baking spice character picks up the slack, but the apple notes are more central to what’s going on here. On the tongue, it’s fruity as expected. Not just tart apple notes — more authentic here than the nose would indicate — but also hints of pineapple, some lemon, and ample vanilla notes. For a bright, shining moment, Crown Royal Regal Apple is apple pie in a glass… but it doesn’t last. The finish takes a sour, mouth-puckering turn that has some unfortunate hospital character to it, marring what is actually a fairly decent start.

The world is probably not expecting much from Crown Royal Regal Apple, but in a world soon to be overrun by apple-flavored hooch, it’s probably as good as can be expected.

70 proof.

B / $25 / crownroyal.com

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9 Responses

  1. John S. Steidler January 18, 2015 / 9:31 am

    This is one great tasting flavored whiskey that you can drink straight or mix with warm apple cider. It is really smooth!!!!

  2. Austin, TX January 18, 2015 / 10:17 pm

    Crown Royal is on the rampage as of late with single barrel, monarch, and now apple. Nice try, CR.

    If you want apple hooch, go with the original, AppleJack — Laird & Company brandy. For $20, it’s a no brainer and excellent.

  3. BillyN January 29, 2015 / 6:08 pm

    This stuff is pretty bad straight – too sweet, too fake.

    I mixed it 1/3rd liquor 2/3rds soda and it’s not bad though.

  4. Anonymous April 9, 2015 / 2:02 pm

    I love it shots or with ginger ale ????

  5. Say Kai lee April 26, 2015 / 6:32 pm

    This is the single worst flavour I’ve ever tried. Disgusting, cloying sweetness and a “natural” apple flavour that is reminiscent of children’s green apple perfume. I would rather lick the bottoms of my shoes after a day strolling through the dog park. Seriously disgusting. This MUST be targeted at very young adults.

  6. bobbygeorge May 18, 2015 / 11:06 pm

    I didn’t even get a chance to try Crown Royal Apple as my sources will not carry it.

  7. Bruce June 22, 2015 / 7:01 am

    I received a bottle as a gift for Father’s Day. We cracked it open and had a few shots.
    It was very good and we called it, “Mosquito Bite” aka you become so attractive with the smell they will bite you, first. I think it is on par with “Moonshine” brand and their flavoured drink called Apple Pie. Its good after several shots,whats not to like,we liked the buzz and our breath was lovely. Well,it sure beats,”dog breath”.

  8. Colin December 14, 2015 / 9:25 pm

    Apple crown and mountain dew is where it’s at.

  9. AJ Wyatt July 3, 2016 / 4:03 am

    Apple crown with Sprite.

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