Speaking as a proud Manitoban gal, I’m always delighted when anything from my home province makes its mark positively beyond its borders.
However as a whisky explorer, I must admit Rye has never been my thing and the humble Crown Royal from my old backyard Gimli, Manitoba took a back seat long ago…
That said, I’ve begged family and friends to pretty please snag me an extremely reasonably priced bottle of the Northern Harvest Rye from the local Manitoba liquor store to be collected on my next trip to Canada… I’m always open to have my scepticism refuted! And happy to bring the novelty of Manitoban whiskey to Mumbai, Maharashtra.
So what is all the fuss? Skipping merrily past many marvellous Scotch whiskies, Mr Murray has established a clear non-Scottish top 5 with:
- Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye (Canada) – £47 (Manitoba sells for only CND 32.99!!)
- Pikesville Straight Rye (USA) – £33
- Midleton Dair Ghaelach (Ireland) – £180
- William Larue Weller Bourbon (Bot.2014) (USA) – £65
- Suntory Yamazaki Mizunara (Bot.2014) (Japan) – £45
As for the Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye, here is what Mr Murray has to say along with his rating of 97.5/100:
Rye, that most eloquent of grains, not just turning up to charm and enthral but to also take us through a routine which reaches new heights of beauty and complexity. To say this is a masterpiece is barely doing it justice.
And here are what the folks over at Crown Royal share:
Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye combines the distinctive flavor of Canadian rye grain with the unmistakable smoothness of Crown Royal for a truly exceptional Canadian whisky.
- Nose – Baking spices, cereal, light wood spices
- Palate – Gentle oak note, rich butterscotch, spiced vanilla, develops into soft peppery notes
- Finish – Smooth and creamy
So there you have it folks. If and when I sample this whiskey, will pass on my thoughts…
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