While rumour had it the original idea was to have it be a ‘one time thing’ (though high volume), given its popularity it didn’t take long for Crown Royal to pump out more.
And this particular bottle? While I can’t guarantee its from the same batch that led to it becoming the World’s Best Whisky of 2016, it certainly is from around that time and purchased in Manitoba…
So what did we think?
Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye 45%
- Nose – Fresh honey, lightly roasted spices, a zest of lemon, tobacco, caramel, fresh polished furniture, pineapple (with a debate on whether it is more like tinned pineapple than baked or honey glaze roasted), candied orange, very sweet, beneath it all a bit of white chocolate
- Palate – Initial swig was very rye, some wood, spice, a bit tingly, then started to take on other qualities like Japanese pickled ginger, it was clearly young but not the least bit harsh, and while a bit bitter, this simply gave it some character
- Finish – Bitter cereal finish, then sweet
- Water – Just made it even smoother, not needed but can certainly continue to hold its own with a splash
We hadn’t thought we would find this whisky so interesting – yet every minute the aromas shifted. We all found it most enjoyable… even those who tried Northern Harvest Rye previously were pleasantly surprised.
And as a start to our evening? A perfect pick!
Pst My father picked this up in Winnipeg for under $40.
What else did we have in our “O Canada” 150th Celebration?
- Manitoba – Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye 45% (an earlier tasting)
- Ontario – Gooderham & Worts Four Grains Canadian Whisky 44.4%
- Ontario – Wayne Gretzky No 99 Red Cask Whisky 40%
- British Columbia – Shelter Point Single Malt Whisky 46% (Batch 2, 2017)
- British Columbia – Barrel of Sunshine Liqueur 30%