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Crown Royal Releases a New XR Edition

Jack Bettridge
Posted: May 18, 2012

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Crown Royal XR—LaSalle, (80 proof or 40 percent alcohol, $129.99)

APPEARANCE: Dark color with slight green of olive oil, quick, tight legs.

NOSE: Comes out with dried fruit and follows with toasty and faint vanilla notes.

PALATE: Subtly moves from an opening dry fruit note (especially pears) to dominating spiciness with a toast flavor of doughy bread. Shows a lot of finesse.

FINISH: A crisp finish that reports the flavors of the mouth sensation with sweets, salts and spices. No bitterness whatsoever.

CIGAR PAIRING:

My Father Flor de Las Antillas Robusto (to be scored in August issue of Cigar Aficionado)
This box-pressed number, a Nicaraguan puro with spice and nuts makes an interesting partner to the whisky. The pleasant, but unsuspected, combination belies the spice-on-spice expectation with a very smooth texture.

Cuban Partagás Corona Senior (to be scored in August issue of Cigar Aficionado)
A cigar that comes off very fresh, becomes more savory and leathery with the whisky. The XR’s spicy qualities of spice are downplayed by the partnership, while its fruits become more prominent.


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