Review: Crown Royal Noble Collection Wine Barrel Finished

Review: Crown Royal Noble Collection Wine Barrel Finished

Crown Royal continues its limited edition, called the Noble Collection, which started with the Cornerstone Blend last year, with this second release, Crown Royal Noble Collection Wine Barrel Finished.

What we have here is classic Crown Royal that is finished in cabernet sauvignon wine barrels sourced from Paso Robles (winery unstated). No other production data (including the length of time in the finishing barrel) is provided.

There’s something immediately off on the nose — notes of gunpowder, black pepper, and overripe fruit weighing heavily on the caramel and vanilla core. There’s a ton of stuff going on on the nose — lemon peel, thyme, tobacco leaf, and menthol… more elements than you’d expect, and we’re just talking about the aromas.

The palate is just as confusing, a somewhat muddy body offering notes of dark chocolate and oily walnut, with a heavy grain underpinning. A bold furniture polish note — astringent and pungent — dominates the second act, while the finish evokes something more akin to well-aged sherry more than cabernet. The conclusion is simplistic, a bit fruity, a bit grain-heavy, and directionally confused.

Crown Royal’s special releases have long been hit and miss, but this one is a tougher sell than most.

81 proof.

C+ / $50 / crownroyal.com [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]

Crown Royal Noble Collection Wine Barrel Finished

$50
6

Rating

6.0/10

2 Comments

  1. Glenn on August 14, 2017 at 3:35 am

    Purchased one but this review is making me not want to open it. Nice packaging although.

  2. neandrewthal on February 27, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    Pretty frightening reviews from south of the border, but I couldn’t ignore the glowing reviews from my fellow Canadians so I had to buy a bottle while I still could.

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