New Crown Royal has a touch of cognac

Crown Royal, furthering an emerging trend in the whisky distilling industry, has unveiled a new twist to its line of Canadian whiskies: Crown Royal Cask No. 16.

It's an ultra-premium whisky with a cognac finish. The distiller's master blender uses more than 50 different individually aged whiskies. All casks used in the making of Crown Royal Cask No. 16 are stamped “16” to mark their authenticity and place of origin. The blend then is aged in used Limousin oak casks that had held cognac.

More and more, we are seeing instances of finishing whiskies in used cognac or wine barrels, just as we are seeing some high-end wines being aged in used bourbon and whiskey barrels, creating a marriage of nuances that has created a whole new line of tastes.

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