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Inexpensive Crown Royal substitute

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Wiser\'s Deluxe Blended Canadian WhiskeyRecently a friend of mine got me turned on to drinking Crown Royal. This is something I never would have imagined happening. I had always looked upon Crown Royal as a “grandpa” drink. Definitely not something fit for a strapping young man such as myself. However, I was spending quite a bit of time at this guys studio and it was sort of a daily ritual that he drank Crown every afternoon. While I may be something of a snob, I am never one to turn down free booze when it’s offered to me.

Eventually I got a little hooked on the stuff. At first it was just inoffensive and maybe a little bland, but then I really started to like it. The flavors are very subtle and the more a drank it the more I liked it. We killed off quite a bit of it during my visit.

So I arrive back home and actually go my friendly neighborhood liquor store and buy a bottle of the stuff. Damn, it’s pretty expensive. At least more expensive than what I am used to. The guy at the liquore store recommended Wisers Deluxe. It was so much cheaper that I was very hesitant. But I decided to give it a shot. I actually felt a little bit better about buying the plain-jane Wisers bottle as opposed to the shiny purple Crown box. Crown definitely has an overkill on packaging as far as I’m concerned.

I got the Wiser’s home and it was actually quite good and in my opinion damn near indistinguishable from Crown Royal. This is just for casual drinking, nothing fancy. So, if you are getting hooked on Blended Canadian Whiskey and finding Crown Royal is a little too expensive, you might want to give Wisers a shot. I was very pleasantly surprised.

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2 Comments For This Post

  1. Fred Bartender Says:

    I, too, am a bartender and longtime whiskey connoisseur.

    I have also found Wiser’s to be one of the best Blended Canadian Whiskies around. It is great in mixes, on the rocks, with water or as a shot.

    It is celebrating 150 years of being made at Hiram Walker & Sons in Windsor, Ontario, Canada!

    Cut ‘n paste this link for more information: http://www.wisers.ca/

    Don’t forget to enter their contest.

    Ein prosit!

  2. ultmale Says:

    I liked it, too.