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Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye Blended Canadian Whisky (1000ml)
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- ABV 45%
The Gimli Distillery, situated on the shores of Lake Winnipeg in central Canada is one of the world’s most remote distilleries, as well as being home to the Crown Royal brand. Although Canadian whisky is commonly known as rye, this new CR edition is one of only a handful which is actually made from near 100% rye grain. Most others are distilled from corn or wheat with rye and other flavourings added. Jim Murray gave the Northern Harvest Rye a record-qualifying 97.5 out of 100 points in his 2016 Whisky Bible commenting: “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.”
While the whisky was never scheduled for release here, we've managed to secure a small quantity in 1 litre format at an exceptional price for Australian whisky lovers. Find out what all the fuss was about before it's too late!
Tasting note: Brilliant amber gold. Fabulous purity with whiffs of apple/peach tart and fresh-picked mint over vanilla wafer biscuit, pencil shavings, hints of gum and green banana. Crisp and spicy in the mouth. The rye is assertive, oily, dense. An almost brittle mouthfeel. Finish offers buttered ryvita biscuit, vanilla custard, cocoa, pepper and sustained mint freshness. Long, concentrated and beautifully harmonised. 45% Alc./Vol.Other reviews... A blend of 95% rye-grain flavoring whisky with a variety of base whiskies. Its big whisky cocktails will tempt mixers into sipping. Very fruity and floral, with prunes, peaches, red apple skins, and bouquets of spring flowers all boosted by vibrant peppery spices on a slightly oaky base. Crown Royal’s signature balsam resin note and hints of vanilla round it out. The long, spicy finish ends with hints of citrus pith. A complex, tightly woven blend. 91 points
- www.maltadvocate.com, (Fall 2015) Reviewed by: Davin de Kergommeaux