Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye

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Please take into account that these are my personal tasting notes and personal experience, as such you may interpret this whisky very differently from me.




Sweet, butterscotch tones, like Werther’s Originals but with a touch of oak. Best description would be an Old Fashioned.


Sweet and creamy. Butterscotch coming through again but with an underlying touch of oak and a slight pepper spice over time.


Sweet, a little spicy and slightly drying. Shorter than I’d have liked.


I wasn’t sure what to expect with this one. As Jim Murray’s “Whisky of the Year” for 2016 I should have expected something exceptional however the cynic in me said that one persons experience does not an exceptional whisky make… Truthfully? I really enjoyed it and would happily drink it again. Sweet and creamy with a touch of oak and spice. Very smooth and easy to drink. Was it a “World’s best whisky”? In my opinion no, certainly up there though. But it all comes down to personal taste and what one person loves another may hate – keep that in mind when reading Jim Murray’s selections in the future!

If you can find this for a realistic price then it’s worth a try. Certainly don’t go paying through the nose for it though unless you have money to burn.



Taken from the Crown Royal Website:



Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye combines the distinctive flavor of Canadian rye grain with the unmistakable smoothness of Crown Royal for a truly exceptional Canadian whisky.

Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye is the first Canadian Whisky to earn World Whisky of the Year in Jim Murray’s Annual Whisky Bible 2016.


NOSE: Baking spices, cereal, light wood spices

PALATE: Gentle oak note, rich butterscotch, spiced vanilla, develops into soft peppery notes

FINISH: Smooth and creamy

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