Re: Sealed Bottle of Crown Royal (1965)
I would tend to agree. This sort of inquiry comes up on forums rather frequently, particularly as regards old bottles of Canadian whisky. So, let's look at the 'plus' and 'minus' columns...
1. Crown Royal has, to a limited extent, 'evolved' down through the decades. And those of us who have tasted it over an extended period of time do note a very slight difference between older issues and more contemporary ones. Personally, I speculate these differences may have something to do with the closing down of most of the historic Seagram sites (such as the Waterloo and Lasalle distilleries) and the centralization of operations at the large Gimli site in Manitoba. To this limited extent, your bottle of Crown Royal may lie, tastewise, somewhere between current bottlings of regular Crown Royal and current bottlings of Crown Royal Limited Edition or Special Reserve. This is not a conclusive fact by any stretch of the imagination!
2. The whisky in that bottle of yours may have altered slightly over the years due to reductive processes. Once again, nothing here is written in stone.
1. Any such differences are likely so miniscule as to be insignificant.
2. The market for venerable bottles of Canadian whisky is equally miniscule, and therefore not exactly rewarding financially.
Bottom line... You're better off popping the cap and enjoying what's inside, or else gifting the bottle to someone who will do likewise.