Crown Royal Maple Finished as a Toddy
The Hot Toddy is a very old drink and its origins are hard to confirm; possibly even unknowable. But the most accepted story goes that the drink was created in the 1700’s in Scotland as a socially appropriate way for women to enjoy whisky. Because Scotch, with its peaty flavor and often heavy ethanol edge, was not considered to be compatible with the feminine palate. So, sugar sweetened its taste and serving it diluted with hot water alleviated the alcoholic burn.
Enter Crown Royal. They have just added another branch to their family tree. It’s the brand’s first foray into the rapidly growing flavored whisky category – Crown Royal Maple Finished. The new installment is finished by running the whisky through maple toasted oak, resulting in an exceptionally smooth taste that carries a genuine light maple-sweet flavor, followed by a warm, woody caramelized note on the end.
Rich colors of amber and topaz blend to create a full-bodied appearance. The 80 proof (40% ABV) whisky’s aroma incorporates the elegant bouquet of light, fresh maple combined with Crown Royal’s signature caramel and vanilla nose. The packaging is a slight variation on the classic Crown Royal style, incorporating warm colors of copper and auburn into the label, which displays the traditional image of the maple leaf in the background. The iconic bag that accompanies the bottle flaunts a deep brown color with gold embroidery accents.
In order to fully experience the liquid’s versatile flavor, we enjoy Crown Royal Maple Finished neat. We pour it over our handcrafted whiskey stones, that way we give it a slight chill without diluting. But the most delightful way, is to savor this unique flavor composition as a Hot Toddy. You’ll find our favorite recipe below. Crown Royal Maple Finished is being sold at a retail price of $24.99 for a 750 ml bottle and is currently available nationwide.
Crown Royal Maple Toddy
- 1 1/2 oz Crown Royal Maple Whisky
- 1/4 oz Lemon Juice
- 1/2 oz Honey
- Hot Water
Dry shake the whisky, lemon juice and honey. Pour into a mug and top with hot water. Garnish suggestion: lemon twist spiked with cloves and a cinnamon stick.