Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye Whisky 750ml
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"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.” Jim MurrayNo whisky afficionado would have predicted it, but the Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye Whisky has taken this year's top prize in Jim Murray's Whiskey Bible 2016. It happened for very good reason. Mr. Murray painstakingly worked his way through over 1,000 whiskies before arriving at his decision. A rye whisky from Canada which gives new meaning to the word smooth. You'll have to taste it to believe it.
Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2016: One of the world’s most remote distilleries has been awarded World Whisky of the Year for the very first time. The Gimli Distillery, which sits on the shores of Lake Winnipeg in central Canada, is the home to the Crown Royal brand. It is the first time a Canadian Whisky has won the top prize in The Whisky Bible in this, its thirteenth annual edition. Last year the whisky world was shaken when the award went to a Japanese single malt. Whisky authority Jim Murray, who tasted over 1,000 new whiskies before making his announcement said: “Last year people were shocked when I gave Yamazaki the award – until they tasted it. Then they saw it was not the affront to Scotch they first thought and something truly extraordinary. This year, doubtless there will be many more eyebrows raised because rarely is Canada mentioned when it come to the world’s top whiskies. But, again, I have no doubt people finding the bottling I tasted will be blown away with this whisky’s uncompromising and unique beauty. It certainly puts the rye into Canadian rye.” Although Canadian whisky is commonly known as rye, this new brand 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. Said Mr Murray: “To be honest, I had been considering actually demoting Canadian whisky from having its own chapter in the Bible. The quality of Canadian has been disappointing me for some time with too many non-whisky products, like fruit juice or wine, being added to give a softer flavour. “Then Crown Royal Northern Harvest pops up out of nowhere and changes the game. I think other distillers out there have to have a close look at this and see if they can at least have a go at reaching where this new bar has been set. Otherwise the name of Canadian whisky will continue to decline against the high standards being set in other countries.”
In his Whisky Bible 2016 he gives Northern Harvest Rye a record-qualifying 97.5 out of 100 points and comments: “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.”
Distillery: "Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye combines the distinctive flavor of Canadian rye grain with the unmistakable smoothness of Crown Royal for a truly exceptional Canadian whisky. NOSE: Baking spices, cereal, light wood spices. PALATE: Gentle oak note, rich butterscotch, spiced vanilla, develops into soft peppery notes. FINISH: Smooth and creamy."
Varietal: 90% Rye
45 Region: Canada