This warm June day feels like the perfect moment to taste a Canadian rye that had made the news as being one of the top whiskies in the world when it was first introduced. Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye is one of several iterations from the popular brand to hit the shelves in recent years. Introduced in 2015, Northern Harvest Rye is a 90% rye whisky made from Canadian rye grain. The whisky won Jim Murray’s World Whisky of the Year title in 2016. Bottled at 45% abv, the whisky comes in the signature Crown Royal bottle and an invitingly warm amber colour in appearance.
On to the tasting. The nose is not particularly strong but exudes gingerbread spice, some honey,
The palate is a spicy mix of green apple and clove. Some faint lemon rind can be noticed in the background with a slightly grainy texture on the back end before introducing vanilla and oak as the flavours dance on the tongue before the finish.
The finish is gentle, long, and spicy with continued lemony notes and honey.
A bit of water opens the nose and enhances the flavours but there is no significant change in the tasting profile
Overall, this is a decent whisky for regular drinking and at $34.75 (regularly goes on sale) at the SAQ in Quebec https://www.saq.com/en/12820364, one cannot go wrong. As with most whisky, it is slightly more expensive in Ontario at $37.95 https://www.lcbo.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/en/lcbo/canadian-whisky-15020053/crown-royal-northern-harvest-rye-434092#.YNS1RehKhhE and can be had for US $28.99 in New Hampshire https://www.liquorandwineoutlets.com/product-detail/2468-Crown-Royal-Northern-Harvest-Rye-Fine-Blended-Canadian-Whisky.
I will recommend this one for good quality at a reasonable price.