Crown Royal is a solid enough whisky on its own, but the Cask No. 16 may just be the smoothest, most satisfying whisk(e)y weâ€™ve gotten our hands on for NeuFutur. The container for the whisky ensures completely safety, while the black bag (with gold accents) provides further authority for this bottle.
When one gets a chance to open up this bottle, what immediately comes out in terms of nose is something that has the distinct whisky smell, but is moderated slightly by a more floral tone. The spirit itself succeeds brilliantly when chilled; I personally was a fan of putting a few whiskey stones into my highball glass to remove any chance of dilution.
By doing this, imbibers have the opportunity to take hints of oak, vanilla, and even the aforementioned floral notes that were present in the nose. While I would think that the Cask No. 16 would do admirably in a mixed drink or in a shot, its more refined nature just screams for it to be sipped and properly enjoyed. For those individuals that end up having to place their whiskys alongside something, I would say to just use a chaser like seltzer water to not reduce or remove the nuances of the Cask No. 16 from the equation.
While I understand that the bottle may be on the slightly pricey side ($100), one has to see this as a unique whisky that brings all the best of the fifty constituent whiskys that make Cask No. 16 without lacking anything in the way of flavor, intricacy, or overall experience. Furthermore, it is another part of the rich whisky history that Crown Royal is crafting currently: besides the common Crown Royal, Crown Royal Reserve ($45) and Crown Royal XR Extra Rare ($180) all provide further bits and pieces to the story that is Crown Royal.