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Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye

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  • Distiller:

    Crown Royal

  • Bottler:

    Crown Royal

  • ABV:

    45%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: The entire experience, from nose to finish, is clean, bright, and unmuddled. It’s quite sweet, but the sweetness is balanced by a soft, grainy bitterness throughout that prevents the spirit from straying into syrupiness.
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  • Raided Score: 86
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: Coming through at $33 Crown Royal Northern Harvest is a bit more than I’d like to pay ($20-$25 ideally), but if you’re looking for a Canadian rye to try this isn’t a terrible value either as it’s far cheaper than Masterson’s, Whistlepig or even Lot 40.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: WhiskyCast
  • Excerpt: The finish is long and smooth with gently fading spices and touches of honey and brown sugar. Very smooth and nice overall.
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  • Raided Score: 79
  • Publication: whiskyfun
  • Excerpt: Easy, rather well made, and certainly pretty acceptable. Rather unchallenging, I’d add. Oh and my old auntie would love the bottle
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: This is a truly strange whisky, unlike any other rye I’ve encountered in recent memory. The intense fruit character isn’t unpleasant, but it’s not what I’m looking for a quality rye. This whisky will likely resonate with many fans — but may well turn off just as many drinkers.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Wine Enthusiast
  • Excerpt: It mingles together into an oaky, spicy finish, with clove and cinnamon sparks. Sip or mix.
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  • Raided Score: 82
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: There's a surprising lack of sweetness although the banana and pear are still present.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Whiskey Advocate
  • Excerpt: The long, spicy finish ends with hints of citrus pith. A complex, tightly woven blend.
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  • Intro:

    This is a release from Crown Royal that won an iteration of World's Best Whiskey according to Jim Murrray.

  • Nose:

    I expected spice. I did not get spice. Its sweet and fruity, like banana laffy taffy, with a hint of pear as well. A brief confectioners sugar note. From what I'm smelling, this is sizing up to be a basket of sweets.

  • Taste:

    Very thin on the mouth feel but pleasant. There's a surprising lack of sweetness although the banana and pear are still present. There's a tiny bit of rye spice but nothing like the punch to the mouth that a High West rye embodies.

  • Finish:

    A bit on the short side and a little note of astringency but not too rough. The bananas are still there and they follow through all of the way to the end with a little wood and pepper, but its very faint.

  • Overall:

    This isn't a terrible product. Do I think its best in the world? Not really. Is it worst in the world? Certainly not.

  • Score:

    5

  • By t8ke
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