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Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye

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@HullReview by @Hull

7th Apr 2016


Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye
  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
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Let's be honest, the regular Crown Royal or even the black is just mediocre at best, but this is on a whole other level. I mean Jim Murray gave this 2016 whisky of the year, so how could this be bad. Another good thing about this is it's bottled at 45% and who doesn't love that over a regular 40% Canadian whisky. Plus it's flying off the shelves still to this day, I had to go to a few different LCBO's just to find one that had this in stock. That's got to say something.

Nose: You get a rich oakiness and rye right off the bat. Then I get a green sour apple which is quite nice. Warming vanilla and some Caramel. It may be a bit strange but I get even some soft banana almost to the point of banana medicine. This sounds gross buts actually very nice.

Palate: With it being 45% it has little to no alcohol burn. You get the spiceness of the rye. A nice vanilla which can come across as vanilla pudding or vanilla shortcake. Some of the apple carries through as well. Very complex and very simple at the same time if that makes sense.

Finish: The finish is of medium to long in length. The oak and spice goes on for a bit. It leaves you wanting more. I find my self drinking way to much of this at one time.

Overall: You just can't beat this for the price. It's a very good whisky for beginners as I feel you can pin point flavours very well. It's sutle yet complex which makes it extremely interesting. The one bad thing is that it's way to easy to drink. I could put a straw in the bottle and drink it straight like that. I mean it's obviously not the best whisky in the world, but for it may be the best rye at this price point in the world.

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Astroke commented

I have returned to this Rye 4 times now over 6 months and nothing has changed for me. I really wanted to like this but it is meh for me.

Price aside Wiser's Legacy and Lot 40 are so much much more enjoyable.

8 years ago 0

Nozinan commented

I would agree @Astroke, Though now that I've been gifted a bottle I'll likely do a H2H with the sample and the new bottle as they are from the original release and newer one respectively.

8 years ago 0

paddockjudge commented

I like Northern Harvest, a lot. A unique expression indeed.

I can never spend enough time with this one, or CR Hand Selected Barrel, or CR Monarch 75th.

Kudos to Crown Royal for listening to whisky drinkers and expanding their line-up to include these three fabulous whiskies.

@Hull, this is indeed an easy sipper. Thanks for a stimulating review.

8 years ago 0