Crown Royal is a Canadian blended whisky that is this most popular whisky of it's kind in the U.S. On this site Crown Royal refers to the original Crown Royal Deluxe which was created in 1939 to commemorate a visit by the King of England (the standard one you find in the liquor store).
Crown Royal Deluxe is made from a blend of over 50 different whiskies. The mash bill is rich in corn and the whisky is aged in white oak barrels.
Crown Royal (and Canadian whiskies in general) is known for it's lighter flavor profile in comparison to American bourbon, rye, and single malt or blended Scotches. Part of the reason for this is Canadian whiskies are distilled to a higher proof which leaves more of the malty/grain flavors behind.
Because of this flavor profile and the smoothness of Crown Royal it is hugely popular selling over half a billion USD a year. The light character makes this whisky easy to mix and Crown Royal is found in a variety of highballs some names for the spirit (Crown & Coke, etc).
I like more cereal grain flavors so I usually gravitate to bourbon, rye, Scotch, and pot stilled Irish whiskey.
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