No surprises here, If you’ve seen a crown royal bottle before. The difference is that this one sports a burgundy label on it, with the word maple smeared across like a stop sign.
The nose is quite easy to predict, because you can smell an open glass from five feet away. Seriously! So, we have an opening of maple. Imitation maple, brown sugar, sugar in the raw, soft toffee, a little oak, butterscotch pudding, holiday spices and pancake syrup. Theres some candy cane poking around in there hidden behind the layered maple leaf cookies and nutmeg. The nose is complex, but it doesn’t evolve or tend to change much.
So smooth. This tastes like candy. Black magic chocolate truffles, mint leaves, milk chocolate, brown sugar, toffee, soft pulled nougat and brown sugar. This is rich and creamy and very sweet. There are whisky aspects to this as well. The baking spices seem to come in the middle with corn and bourbon and finish with light black pepper, but all the while battles the same imitation maple taste that was introduced from the nose.
This is for the consumer who isn’t really concerned with buying whisky. This is a heavily masked whisky, flavored with overpowering maple qualities. It’s a mission to coax out the whisky profile.