Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye

75cl / 45%
  • Canadian Blended Whisky
Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye
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Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye is made with 90% rye. This is gently spicy with soft pepper, vanilla and butterscotch notes.
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Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Producer's Tasting Notes

    Nose: Baking spices, cereal, light wood spices

    Palate: Gentle oak note, rich butterscotch, spiced vanilla, develops into soft peppery notes

    Finish: Smooth and creamy

52 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    Yesterday

    Ignore the pretentious snobs below - this is an incredible whiskey for the price. Smooth, creamy, but with a solid kick. Delicious and inexpensive; what more can you want?

  • 4
    9 June

    I stocked up on many bottles of the first batch and am only now running out. I too was wanting to know if it has retained it's character. I absolutely love the original! Creamy caramel,smooth on the palette and a lovely finish... Better I'm my opinion than my Double Wood and the other single malts I have (PURELY TO MY PREFERENCE) I suppose I will buy one and see although there have been a few negative comments about recent batches

  • 3
    2 May

    It's good - not great. The nose displays rye, with butterscotch and black pepper. On the palate it begins with smooth vanilla which is quickly joined by some spicy rye and brown sugar before it finishes with a somewhat fiery, spicy "kick". It lacks complexity but is very pleasant all the same. The components are evident without much sophisticated harmony between them. So while it's not the best in the world, it is good value for the money and certainly worth a try.

  • 2
    14 April

    I had the privilege of tasting the original five-star Harvest the day after I heard about it. My small-town liquor store wasn't immediately sold out, and it was a delightful experience. A few weeks later they got another delivery - clearly a seperate second batch, meant to capitalise on the hype, that lost a step from the first....but still a four-star effort. Now, however, over a year later, I have bought two more bottles which must be from yet another batch even further removed from the original. It tastes young, harsh, and not nearly as nuanced as the first two. The unpleasant nose is the first hint that something's changed, and there's a sourness to the bite and not nearly as smooth an aftertaste. Terribly disappointed by what seems like an attempt to rush a pale imitation to market. I'm really interested to hear other people's impressions of latter-day Northern Harvest. I don't think I'll be buying it again.

  • 4
    15 March

    This was a hard one. So much hype and controversy over this one I had to take a step back. After long review and many tastings this falls somewhere between Writers Tears and Powers Whiskey. 4/5 as it is solid but not as complex as a single malt with similar characteristics. Still a great value for the price!

  • 4
    7 March

    I hesitated to buy a bottle as the prices were still astronomical due to the the whisky Bible conflagration, but eventually the price came back down to a sensible ceiling for a blended whisky and I found myself pouring a neat one this evening. It tasted like the rye that I used to drink as a wee lad, before CR diluted their expression from a true rye to just a blended whisky. The bite was strong and fierce, the hangover was saturated with rye flavour. Took me back to the good old days.....both days to be precise. This was Crown Royal as I remember it, and it tasted damn good. It just sucks that I had to pay twice the price for the same ole kick .

  • 5
    7 January

    Outstanding blended Rye, thank You Verner my Canadian relative.

  • 5
    18 December 2016

    Very unique and should be sipped neat at room temperature

  • 2
    1 December 2016

    Thankfully a friend of mine bought this whiskey and i didn't waste my money on it. I had a chat with some of whisky specialists in the LCBO shops here in Ontario, and they were actually disgusted at how this became No. 1 last year. If anything this is the whisky that you give a beginner so they know what not to buy.

  • 5
    27 October 2016

    WOW ! I found one bottle and fell in love. Now it's gone and I am forlorn. Perhaps it will reappear on my horizon as the pot at the end of my rainbow.

  • 3
    22 October 2016

    Sharp edge at the start...not impressive. Nose and finish are excellent, but for the first time ever, I have to wonder how JM arrived at 97 when it drinks like an entry level whisky

  • 4
    13 October 2016

    Got this as a gift. Used it in my sueliman (manhattan). It tastes great

  • 4
    21 August 2016

    Meh. To be fair, I'm not a rye drinker to begin with - I reach first for a quality bourbon, next for Irish and finally for a Scotch. That being said, this whisky is nice. Very nice. Best in the world? Not for me, but nice enough to make it into regular rotation in my bar - provided, of course, I can find it.

  • 3
    16 May 2016

    "Nose" (undiluted) Rye toast, copper pennies, cinnamon, damp wood. "Palate" (undiluted) Initial spicy and crusty rye bread notes grip the palate, raw ginger, brown sugar. "Finish" (undiluted) More ginger, oak, tingling winter mint, fine black pepper milled to powder and then waves of rye return, and a wee little heat. "General Impressions" Upon opening this bottle two nights ago, I found this whisky tasting young, untame and a little raw. The following night, it was the same. Tonight, it has smoothed out a fair bit and is drinking gentler. Oxidation can be a good thing. Adding water doesn't improve the flavor profile. Just smooths it out. While it is 45% ABV, it is not strong or over the top with rye flavors. I think for $35 you are getting fair value for money. I think it is not a great whisky because it lacks great complexity. The flavors are not simple, but not sufficiently refined to make me sit back in awe, as some other whiskies have done. Really, for a whisky to be great in my eyes, it has to exhibit amazing complexity that leaves you blissed out. It's not happening here.

  • 5
    11 May 2016

    Outstanding smooth and light on the tongue.

  • 3
    17 April 2016

    This is an overhyped and overrated whisky. While it's not 97.5/100 as rated by Murray; it's a very drinkable whisky. The texture is a tad coarse and harsh. It has a typical spicy, sweet vanilla and bourbon wood character. The finish is satisfying. 88-90 points.

  • 5
    15 April 2016

    A wonderful whiskey! I'm not a fan of Crown Royal but this was absolutely incredible, it's spicy, smooth, and creamy!!

  • 5
    4 April 2016

    Nice warmth and subtle peppery tingle on the palate. On the nose, vanilla and butterscotch with a very subtle hint of ripe banana. Really nice sipper, best enjoyed neat.

  • 5
    26 March 2016

    Pure bliss.

  • 5
    13 March 2016

    Sweet, spicy, and delicious enough to drink straight

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