Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye

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45.0 % Vol.
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Bottle code
L5240 N5 07:17
Added on
23 May 2015 1:39 pm by holborndrinker

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€ 30.98

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Whisky Reviews for Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye

51 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 78.80 points

  1. rottendon scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    Well, what can one say, an average cry with a delicious and probably polarizing nose, which comes a little too thin. Gives better and worse. The real question is, how long or often can the good Jim Murray raise such whiskeys to the best in the world until his reputation begins to take damage? Not all sleep with their feet in the socket, right?

    But nice to have a Rye again, it was too long ago ...
    • Nose
      Fruity, malty and a lot of gherkins right at the beginning. Over time, floral tones, grassy notes, butter biscuits and caramel are added, but still with a sour overtone reminiscent of the said cucumbers. Does not heat any change in the flavors, only more powerful. Quite appetizing comes the whole package already over.
    • Taste
      Malty, sweet, herbaceous, association of dissolved Ricola Swiss herbal sugar, which is enhanced by a distinct note of sucrose.
    • Finish
      Sounds even, without anything sticking out. Remains medium.

  2. peatbogger scored this whisky 73 points Specialist

    Not too sure about this.
    In the sense I'm sure that if this is the best whisky in anyones book, that person has either not tasted too much or actually tasted too much and had their "buds" fried.
    • Nose
      70 70
      There is definitely a rye touch to it, but not like the better Americans. Slight spices, cinnamon,nutmeg.
      Nose a little deeper and to me most of it disappear in a cloud of sweet alcohol vapor.
    • Taste
      74 74
      45%... feels about right, nothing offencive.
      Lightly spicy sweet caramel coated cereal.
      Not bad, but nothing to chear about.
      A bit weak and vague with lack of definition and direction.
    • Finish
      75 75
      Pleasantly grainy and sweet.
      Although fairly short, the finish is what I liked best about it.

  3. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Caramel chocolate duo on the nose. It's really a rye? Some notes of solvent that rather evoke a bourbon. Mint or thyme? In the mouth, rather fine and fluid. Solved notes. Aqueous enough for 45%. Easy final. It's completely drinkable, but we're far from a rye finally. Enthusiasm 3/5

  4. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Well, I just do not have the same version of our dear Jim. For $ 30, it can be shared with friends / family without problem ... From there to share with Whiskey lovers ... I'm not sure!
    • Nose
      Very light at first glance, it is difficult to perceive the first volatile notes. Then we are clearly on a nose "fruity", I would say even on too ripe fruit at the limit of rotten. If it is allowed to aerate too long, you can feel the wet cardboard soak the glass
    • Taste
      A slight attack ... much too light / watery, the dilution is clearly felt! It is necessary to wait until the drink reaches the middle of mouth to finally feel the first spices. Then despite the wait we stay on a whiskey too simplistic ... There are only woody notes, spices (This is a Rye!)
    • Finish
      Short / Medium on spices, there is this little bitterness that is not unpleasant but does not catch up.

  5. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Not my case. The nose is still interesting. But the taste is too shallow and meaningless to me. In the finish, then disturbs me this artificial, sweet note then too much.
    • Nose
      soft with bark and a decent portion of seasoning; Then there are cereals such as rye and spelled; it adds sweet, dark caramel; the sweetness is sometimes slightly artificial, as in sour fruit gum; over time, the sweetness becomes more and more dominant and the spice is a little pushed into the background; fruity and fresh aromas are added; Apricot jam and mirabelle compote; the sweetness then drifts a little more into the artificial again. It reminded me of Hubba Bubba chewing gum; In addition a slight menthol note mixes, which does not originate however from the alcohol; this is very well integrated and hardly noticeable
    • Taste
      slight sweetness; a little honey and nuts; Pepper; a little caramel,
    • Finish
      short to medium length; again the seasoning, pepper and the artificial sweetness from the nose, it remains artificially sweet and slightly dry on the palate;

  6. El Bastardo scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    I am amazed of myself that I feel him so against all other voices, but compared to the aforementioned Bulleit, this is "pure harmony". OK, it is very spicy, but for me absolutely in the frame and tasty. On the subject of "Whiskey of the Year": Ahem no. For me it is an average whiskey, which on the bottom line is of higher quality than the Bulleit, for example, but let's put it this way: I don't find it inappropriate that it comes in a one-liter bottle.
    • Nose
      Obviously spicy, but also a little "just alcohol picks" in the nose (albeit slightly). Now it becomes subjective, because anyone who has already emptied a bottle of "Bulleit Rye" with 95% rye content in the past will probably not find it so spicy. If you get used to the spiciness and let the alcohol evaporate, the spiciness is weakened with a gentle veil of "mildness". I'm not exactly sure where this opposite pole comes from.
    • Taste
      OK now it's clear. Wow, I didn't expect that. Primarily it doesn't taste spicy, but vanilla-sweet and very soft as butter. Spiciness (very slightly peppery) can only be felt at the edge. In subsequent gaps, more spiciness remains on my palate, which is complemented by a light oak woodiness.
    • Finish
      In the end it becomes bitter on the tongue and the rest remains in the mouth.

  7. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    Meh. That is all. To echo previous comments, perhaps someone's palate is fried because there is no way this is as advertised. Fortunately it was only a sample from a witness bottle open and pour.
    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      75 75

  8. AdamsB scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    The Northern Harvest Rye edition debuted in 2015. Jim Murray awarded her 97.5 points in his Whiskey Bible 2016, which equated to the "Whiskey of the Year" title. Northern Harvest Rye is a mixed whiskey composed in 90% of rye distillate originating from fields of Canada wrapped in winter with a snow cap, which wonderfully affects the drink's palette.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Apples, Pears, Vanilla, Caramel, Cinnamon Nutmeg, a trace of pencil shavings and Flowers.
    • Taste
      79 79
      Mild, oak, apples, grapefruits, red berries, caramel, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper, hint of clove.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Medium long, cinnamon, vanilla and pepper combined with oak bitter.

  9. Sandman23 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  10. Sandman scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Honey, brown sugar, peach, mango, apricot, apple, lime, lemon, rye, flowers, straw, little cinnamon.
    • Taste
      Rye, floral honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, biscuit, straw, lemon zest and baked apples
    • Finish
      Middelang, explosion of spices, biscuit, rye, floral honey, lemon peel, straw and baked apples.


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