Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye (2016)
A quick look at the Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye. There’s practically no information about this whisky on Crown Royal’s website, except for that one big award it won, which I find awfully annoying.
I’ll just have to go off the minimal information that’s on the label. It is a blended Canadian whisky, consisting of 90 percent rye whisky, and it is bottled at 45 per cent. There, that’s all the information I can give you.
Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye (45%, OB, 2016)
Nose: A whiff of menthol and mint, before the oak takes over. Some mild spices (nutmeg and cloves), as well as vanilla, and just a hint of orange peel and sour apples. Not as intense as other ryes.
Taste: Lots of resin and wood shavings, followed by a touch of menthol. Plenty of nutmeg and cinnamon too, before settling into sweeter territory (marshmallows).
Finish: Short to medium in length. Spicy at first, soft oak, then sweet syrup.
Not much wrong with this. An easy sipper, despite being quite woody and spicy. It’s nice.
Thijs is a spirits writer and accredited liquorist from The Netherlands. He runs the blog Words of Whisky and contributes to a number of Dutch and international publications.