Review #19 – Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye

Review #19 | /r/WorldWhisky Review #3 – Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye

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


Distiller: Crown Royal

Bottler: Crown Royal

ABV: 45% ABV

Age: NAS

Source: Bottle, Purchased


Nose: I expected spice. I did not get spice. It’s 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 it’s very faint.

Overall: This isn’t a terrible product. Do I think it’s best in the world? Not really. Is it worst in the world? Certainly not.

Rank: 5


Decoded:

1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Insurpassable | No better exists


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