Price Point: $25 – $35 for 750 ML
Distiller: The Crown Royal Distilling Company
Third try’s the charm, right? This review marks my third Canadian whisky review in a row, a pattern that’s a first for me and likely a last. Reviewing Canadian Club and Seagram’s V.O. were borderline painful, but here I am ready to (potentially) take another beating to my nose and palate.
This time, we’re taking a look, and taste, of Crown Royal’s foray into rye whisky – a Canadian tradition. I’m crossing my fingers that this dram will prove better than the previous ones.
Black cherries coming in strong on the nose followed by Sharpie marker. Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye exhibits quite a bit of sweet rye, which makes this seem like it was born in Kentucky, not Canada. It’s slightly spicy as you let the whisky breathe; a pleasurable nose.
Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye is sweet and fruity on the palate. It’s full flavored and only a little bitter on the tail end. The peppery rye flavor is there, but subdued by the sweetness. This is a really nicely balanced and flavorful whisky.
The finish here is rich with a healthy does of rye spiciness. It reminds me of Sazerac 6 Year Old.
Rating & Recommendations
Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye earns a rating of 85 out of 100.
This is a surprisingly good rye. After Lot 40 and this dram, I’m starting to think that Canadian distillers may be onto something with ryes.