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.


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.

61 Customer Reviews

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  • 4
    2 March

    Great value!

  • 2
    29 December 2018

    Smooth, but overly spiced with a parting flavour that doesn’t linger so much as refuses to leave.

  • 2
    3 November 2018

    Sorry, not feeling this one. Certainly taste the rye, but it feels dusty and muted. Giving this the award of best whisky in the world has done it no favours as this is not the best whisky in the supermarket let alone the world. Average at best. Whistlepig 10yo is far better and so is any rye from MGP. Save your money, get two bottles of Bulleit rye for the same price in the UK. Huge let down.

  • 5
    15 June 2018

    Rye, nutty and a little sweet. Awesome on the nose, but be careful when drinking, strong taste at first which clears and becomes smooth the more you drink. For the price you can’t go wrong but there’s better out there

  • 5
    3 January 2018

    Very easy drinker. Soft, smooth and sweet with a vanilla cereal note to it. Very nice

  • 5
    26 December 2017

    This is an excellent rye for the price. Very easy to drink and perfect for someone who doesn't have a lot of experience drinking rye to get their feet wet. I love this.

  • 5
    13 December 2017

    brilliant. slightly sweeter than most crown royal whisky.

  • 5
    3 December 2017

    I really was skeptical about this rye, I mean it’s Crown Royal and at 33$ cad where I’m from it’s pretty cheap for any whisky bottle, because of thag I waited 2 years to try it because I just didn’t believe the hype. So today I finally bought a bottle and now I feel like I missed two years. Is it incredible? Probably not, but if you like rye I don’t think there’s a better bottle out there for the price. If you’re not a huge fan of rye, this one might be for you too, it’s really smooth. At 45% alcohol for a rye with at that price I was expecting my mouth to burn, but damn it’s good. I’m a fan.

  • 4
    5 October 2017

    First of all if you live in Canada and really like rye whisky you simply can not go wrong for the price of a bottle at 45% abv. And when I say really like rye i mean specifically the taste of rye. Not a typical bland canadian 50/50 smooth caramel blend, but a hot and spicy, peppery and almost dry rye whisky. They really bring it out. I get a strong scent of tar/char in addition, likely from the casks as i know crown royal had been experimenting with heavy char for the crown royal black, it almost tastes like a rye/bourbon hybrid because of that char note which could easily be confused with menthol which is another common descriptor. But no caramel at all. This is very far removed from the original crown Royal...I tasted them side by side last night and wow was that a difference. Nothing alike other than that distinct CR clove note. To tell you the truth if it weren't for the award, i never would have tried this as I didn't consider crown all that good... especially a cheaper one like this. May not be best in the world, but it is very good for a rye whisky.

  • 5
    25 July 2017

    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 2017

    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 2017

    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 2017

    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 2017

    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 2017

    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 2017

    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

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