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Two Canadian Crown Royal surprises: Rye Whiskey and Selected Barrel

By Miguel in Tasting , Crown Royal

I received about a month ago two new Crown Royal whiskeys and I haven’t have time to properly write a review till now. I really enjoy the sweet delicate profile of Crown Royal whiskeys so I was pretty excited when I got two new additions: a rye whiskey and a single cask higher strength whiskey.

Crown Royal Rye Whiskey & Select Barrel

The style of Crown Royal is closer to Scotch whisky than to their American cousins: Bourbon and Rye whiskeys, so for me it is a pretty interesting experiement how close they can be to a real rye whiskey without forgetting about their own heritage. So let’s review the first whiskey.

Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye

This Crown Royal, the first of its kind, is created with a 90% of Rye in the mash recipe and delivers exactly what it promises. A wonderful rye experience.

“Lovely nose! It is awesome how they crafted a rye whiskey that it is so faithful to the Crown Royal style. Thumbs up!”

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Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye

This dram has a cooper-like color.

Nose (89): more than average. honey, dried flowers, spices, cloves, pepper, vanilla, peaches.

Palate (88): powerful, oily. honey, citrus, spices, cloves, wood, cherries.

Finish (88): longer than average. honey, corn, spices.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye with 88 points over 100.

I really love powerful bourbons and rye whiskies like the one Buffalo Trace creates, and eyes closed this Crown Royal Rye can be perfectly mistaken by one of them. A fantastic experience… and of course, drink it straight.

Crown Royal Selected Barrel

Today’s second whiskey is a higher strength ( but no cask strenght I feel ) single cask whiskey. The idea here is that retailers can order an entire cask, and as you know each cask differs slightly one from the other. So, let’s see how it relates to the original Crown Royal.

“Fantastic! More spicy and less sweet than the standard Crown Royal. You could easily mistake this whiskey for a great Kentucky bourbon”

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Crown Royal Hand Selected Barrel

This dram has a cooper-like color.

Nose (91): more than average. honey, corn, wood, spices, cloves, cinnamon, vanilla, citrus, fruits.

Palate (91): powerful, oily. honey, corn, spices, cloves, cinnamon, wood, pepper, citrus, liquorice.

Finish (90): longer than average. honey, corn, spices.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Crown Royal Hand Selected Barrel with 91 points over 100.

A great experience. I really think that it is more because of the extra alcohol than the single cask, that this whiskey is so close to a great bourbon… just add four or five drops of water and you get back the smoothness of Crown Royal whiskeys.

Miguel says…

A fantastic set of whiskeys. I have been drinking Rye whiskey ( Bulleit Rye in case you are wondering ) lately and this Crown Royal is really good. I have no idea how much they will see it here in Europe ( or what it is left of Europe anyway ) but for $29.99 it is a real bargain.



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