The new job has definitely made regularly posting (and tasting) a chore, but I should do better in the future. Today, I am reviewing Crown Royal’s new Northern Harvest Rye, a 90% rye mash-bill from north of the border (Gimli Distillery in Manitoba to be exact). There is no age statement on this whisky, but it is bottled at 90 proof (45% abv), which is a move I really like.
On the nose, there is some notes of fresh mint leaves, cloves, spearmint, rye spice, and eucalyptus. It’s a pretty straightforward rye nose, with not a lot of complexity, but it is very well-executed and very pleasant. The palate is soft and dry, with good hints of mint and rye, and a bit of caramel sweetness. The finish is dry and medium in length with pleasant rye, vanilla, and caramel lingering.
On the whole, I am a big fan of this whisky. It isn’t anything that will blow your mind, but it is a well-built, straightforward rye. If you like rye whiskey, this is a dry rye with a lot of classic rye flavors going on. Crown Royal gets knocked down occasionally by connoisseurs in the whiskey blogosphere, but this is a very fine rye whisky. My grade: B-. Price: $30-35/750ml. If you are looking for a good rye to keep around the house for both cocktails and a fine dram before dinner, this is a great rye to have on hand for such a purpose.