Based on articles at sites including the New York Times, The Whiskey Wash, Whisky Analysis, and Punch, the overall attitude toward Crown Royal is positive.
- In 2016, the author of "Jim Murray's Whiskey Bible" named Crown Royal’s Northern Harvest Rye the best whiskey of the year. Murray described the rye grain in the whisky as "not just turning up to charm and enthrall but to also take us through a routine which reaches new heights of beauty and complexity. To say this is a masterpiece is barely doing it justice."
- In Search of Elegance rated the Crown Royal Blender's Select Canadian Whisky "Highly Recommended" and had this to say: "Really nice – I like the oak, and not as sweet as I feared – but, still, in my opinion – this whisky shines at a higher proof like my beloved hand selected barrel. Still, this is wonderful..."
- J.R. Bergey had this to say about Crown Royal Hand Selected Barrel: "Wow, this is really good. Surprisingly good. This is not your father’s Crown Royal—this is good sipping whisky, which is something you can’t say about many Canadian whiskies. Seriously, this is better than most bourbons I’ve had in the last year. It’s loaded with fall flavors—this is just about the perfect whisky for autumn. As the leaves change color and fall to the ground, you can’t ask for a better whisky to sip."
- Discussing the Crown Royal brand in general, Punch stated, "Often mocked in America due to their ostentatious packaging, this Diageo brand actually produces several praise-worthy, higher-end bottlings."
- When discussing the process used by Crown Royal for blending their whisky, Richard Hammond of Whiskey Bon said, "The end result of having complete control over how each whisky is blended and aged is that Crown Royal whiskies have a very wide range of flavours — everything from vanilla and smoke through to dried fruit and spices."
- Sam Temsah-Deniskin went to the launch party for Texas Mesquite and had this to say: "Crown Royal Texas Mesquite is a blend of Crown Royal Deluxe infused with the smoky soul of locally sourced Texas mesquite wood. The result is a unique flavor that is smoky and spicy with the distinctive smoothness of Crown Royal."
- Shauna McKnight at The Whiskey Wash had this to say after tastings a particular Crown Royal whisky: "I didn't feel any particular way about Crown Royal Blenders' Mash. It was very sweet, with nothing too exciting going on, and it definitely tasted like Crown Royal. If I were to bring home a bottle, I would use it to make Mint Juleps or Manhattans, because the sweetness would go nicely with the sweetness of the whisky."
- Whiskey Analysis had this to say about Blender’s Select: "My own real complaint here is that it lacks mouthfeel, and seems kind of watery for the ABV. I would have to rate this one as comparable in quality to Northern Harvest Rye, on par with Crown Royal Reserve and the one Hand Selected Barrel I’ve had (which seems to have been somewhat sub-par for the class, based on the other reviews I’ve seen). Nothing really compelling here over the rest of the line, but a solid expression for Crown Royal."
- Jake Emen at Distiller said this about Texas Mesquite: "Unfortunately the flavors are disjointed and in a blind tasting, you'd likely be hard pressed to classify this as "whiskey"."
- Jordan from Breaking Bourbon reviewed the Bourbon Mash (later changed to Blenders Mash) and had this to say: "From a whiskey standpoint though, the product itself is a disgrace to the bourbon name, even if it wasn’t technically legal. If you’re going to release a bourbon mash version of your flagship product at least try to bring some of the good with it."
- It was more difficult to find negative reviews for Crown Royal's whiskies than it was to find positive reviews. This indicates that the editorial opinion toward Crown Royal leans toward the positive.
- The negative reviews generally focused on the products being bland or not a "typical" whisky rather than being completely critical of the taste of the whisky.
- The positive reviews tended to be over the top favorable.
- Words used repeatedly in the reviews we examined were sweet, complex, oak, and depth.