Crown Royal Northen Harvest Rye

This is my first ever review of a Canadian whisky and as its apparently the best whisky in the world, what better place to start? 

Earlier this year this was named by (Panama hat wearing, self proclaimed whisky authority) Jim Murray as ‘The Worlds Best Whisky‘ and I’m really not sure how easy it is to find or even purchase but I received a sample as part of a swap with another blogger (thanks to Whisky Traveller

Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye, OB, 45% abv (available seemingly nowhere)


On the nose it is mostly vanilla with added coconut milk, a slight citrus note and a slightly spiced fruitiness. One thing I find about bourbon is it always smells incredibly sweet and inviting.  

The palate is big vanilla with butterscotch, cedarwood, tobacco and a faint oak note. It is smooth and quite buttery in texture. There is a faint harsh note here that I can’t quite put my finger on. After a slight woody pepperiness the finish continues where the palate left off. Buttery and big vanilla but with a slightly drying spice note underneath.

If I am honest I really didnt notice much in tems of complexity here, but perhaps I just dont have sufficient bourbon knowledge to find it – or maybe it just wasnt there.  I definately found the nosing to be the most pleasant part, with the palate just not quite as I had imagined. 

A pleasant and drinkable dram, but in no way overwhelming. 


  1. AmateurDrammer · ·

    Thanks for the correction! Amended accordingly, shows what I know about bourbon…

  2. This is not meant to be critical, just that I wanted to say that this is not a bourbon, Bourbon is american whisky created mostly in the State of Kentucky. Crown Royal is a Canadian Whisky, an entirely different profile of smell and taste not related to the American style.

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