As you’re well aware, we like a wide variety of whisky in Booze Dancing country. We don’t care about mash bill, country of origin, or how old it is. Barrel management and storage conditions are also irrelevant. Let me rephrase…
All of this whisky geekery is important and plays a very important role with regards to the finished product, but none of it matters to us when it comes time to have a drink. We’re not married to any brand or style, and will try just about anything. What matters to us is what’s in the glass and how it tastes.
While variety is the spice of our lives, there are others that need a bit more convincing when it comes time to try something new. You’ve met these people before. “I’m a Johnnie Walker Black (or Dewars, Jack Daniels, Jim Beam) guy” is what they’ll say. We have a tough time understanding that mentality since we’re always on the lookout for something new. Speaking of new…
As a brand deep rooted in heritage and quality, Crown Royal is proud to introduce its first-ever blended rye whisky, Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye. This offering combines the richness of Northern harvest rye grains with the unmistakable smoothness of Crown Royal to create a perfectly balanced whisky.
“With rye whiskies serving as integral components of the Crown Royal Deluxe blend for more than 75 years, it was a natural and authentic extension to provide our loyal fans a rye offering,” said Yvonne Briese, Vice President of Marketing, Diageo North American Whiskey. “There is also a tremendous growth opportunity within the rye category as consumers gravitate toward quality products they know and trust while experimenting with pre-Prohibition era cocktails.”
The distinct Canadian climate provides the ideal conditions for growing rye grains. This is due to the fact the grains are planted in the fall, then blanketed with snow during the harsh winter months and only finish their growth cycle once they have sprouted throughout spring and summer. The extra time the grains take to fully mature results in flavorful hints of fruit, cloves and spice.
Let’s get on with our review…
- Appearance: Clover honey color.
- Limpd: Not much in the way of alcohol vapors. Some syrupy sugar and a whole lot of rye spice.
- G-LO: Sweet and herbally with some light brown sugar, allspice, baked apple, cinnamon, and wintergreen.
- Limpd: Odd mix of flavors. It’s spicy, then sweet, then spicy again. The balance seems a bit off (not bad, just off). Lots of rye sharpness up front (duh!) followed by a little bit of sugar which isn’t overly syrupy. Some vanilla and heat comes through with a relatively mild finish.
- G-LO: Quite different from the other rye whiskies that we’ve been drinking. While the spicy herbal notes are there, the sweetness is quite prominent. Light brown sugar and cinnamon at the start. Mellows a bit at the middle with that spiced apple coming through. At the finish, some astringency comes through with those herbal notes lingering in the aftertaste.
- Limpd: I’m not a big fan of rye whisky. That being said, I found this to have just enough rye without becoming just a one note whisky. I had a small issue with the balance, but given it’s reasonable price, I think this is a good buy. Smooth out the balance and this will become a great buy.
- G-LO: I was pleasantly surprised by the Northern Harvest Rye. I really like the balance of sweet and herbal notes. This whisky was tasty on its own, and at $30/bottle, is a great value. Definitely worth a try.