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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Crown Royal Salted Caramel Review

Welcome to the review for Crown Royal Salted Caramel. This is limited edition to the Crown Royal lineup and the bottle I'm reviewing was released in the holiday season of 2019. Since this is mixed, it makes it a flavored whiskey. With that said, let's get to the review!

Manufacturer: Diageo
Age: Unknown

Location Produced: Crown Royal’s distillery in Gimli, Manitoba (I think)

Mash Bill: Unknown

Aroma (from manufacturer): Rich, vanilla oakiness

Taste (from manufacturer)Creamy notes of caramel

Finish (from manufacturer): Subtle touch of salt


Who is this for?: People who like mixing drinks. People who find bourbon/whiskey too strong... and definitely... this lady.

Cost (Ohio): $24.99 + tax for a 750ml bottle

Let's start the review. 

Taste - Score 25 out of 35

On the nose, the first thing I noticed was incredibly strong smells of caramel, butterscotch, and brown sugar. The nose is very straightforward. 

The taste is strong caramel and overly sweet to the point where it was hard to drink this straight or on the rocks. 

Smoothness/Finish - Score 15 out of 25

The finish is light and smooth with not much complexity. I didn't know what to expect with this, but given how sweet it was in the mouth, the finish seemed appropriate.

Intangibles: Color/Appearance - Score 12.5 out of 15.

The packaging comes in a nice box that talks about the product and offers a mixing recipe as well as a unique brown felt-like bag.

In the glass, the color is a nice coppery brown.

Availability - Score 2.5 out of 5

As mentioned, this was a limited edition release. I didn't see it everywhere I went, but it was possible to find. As of February 9, there is still limited availability in the larger cities in Ohio... whether the allocations are correct or not is another topic for another day, but in terms of finding and purchasing, it could be done fairly easily. 

Overall Value - Score 12 out of 20

After trying this, it was different than what I expected. This product is directly geared towards people who prefer a sweeter bourbon or find bourbon and whiskey too harsh... or for mixing. I was expecting something that would give hints of an old fashioned, but would not need to be watered down or on the rocks. 

I'll be using this as a dessert whiskey for after dinner or adding a splash to other drinks to add a bit of caramel. However, this isn't a bottle that I need to have on hand at all times.  

Final Score: 67 out of 100

Note: This review was done by Mark. The bottle was purchased in Columbus, Ohio for $24.99 + tax.

1 comment:

  1. I was trying to find out when this would be available. I read the review and where I live it is hard to find on any shelf, anywhere. I am not a big drinker but I hoard this liquor for when it's not available. I have bought different brands of salted caramel, that are $10.-$15. cheaper and several avid drinkers said they were good but were going to wait for the CR Salted Caramel. I went online to see if it would give the available date. I read this review and from reading it I'm thinking it might be discontinued. I hope I'm wrong. If you take a survey it should be nationwide to be accurate. The Salted Caramel is the only CR product I buy.