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I now have only one more CR left in the range to try - the Black - hopefully I will be able to get to that one soon and complete my work with this brand!
It has a beautiful deep red amber colour - clearly a richer and fuller whisky than the standard CR.
The nose is spicy with nutmeg and cloves, and gives of oaky rye notes, enveloped by caramel. Water brings out more of that rye, which I welcome as I otherwise find the nose a little too sweet.
Sweetness becomes more apparent in the mouth, which I am a little averse to. I love the spices though - cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves. It's buttery in the mouthfeel. The sweetness feels like toffee, and there is some fruit (berries) present as well. Strangely, water doesn't seem to alter the taste profile much at all.
The finish is quite long but here is where the minty sweetness becomes very cloying to me, unfortunately.
Comparing it to the other CRs, I don't find this at the level of the Limited Edition or the XR, but it is much richer and fuller bodied than the standard. If this interests you, Jim Murray crowned this (pun intended) the Canadian Whisky Of The Year in his latest edition, and scored it a 96. But I'm not seeing it - there are a few Canadian whiskies I would have rated much higher. Apparently, the packaging is slightly different outside of Canada (or maybe just in the US?) than it is here: our bottle and case say "Reserve" rather than "Special Reserve" (though it says "Special Reserve" on the cap), and doesn't come with the signature cloth bag. If you are outside of Canada, let me know if I am correct!