#328 • Royal Royal Harvest Rye Crown

45% alc./vol.
Crown Royal Distillery, Gimli, Manitoba, Canada

It was a hell of a while since I had not visited a member of the Royal Canadian Whiskey family, and strangely this last opportunity came quite recently during my vacation to our neighbors to the south, in the form of a Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye mini.

It's a bit sad because although it's a Canadian novelty, she's starting her career abroad. I do not understand why we can not be proud of this Canadian product to the point of launching it into the domestic market first. SAQ, make an effort, it always makes me sad to see Canadian products in the spotlight elsewhere.

The regular Crown Royal is well known, and it is still given a generous share of rye, but Northern Harvest is made up of no less than 90% rye.

As the American actor and producer so well said Ernie Hudson to his Canadian counterpart Dan Aykroyd in the conventional Ghostbusters (1984):

Ray, the next time you're asked if you're a god, you answer YES!

Amber significantly more yellowed than the Crown Royal Deluxe.

Nose:
Do you want some rye? In here! Do not be subtle and open the ball with rye, varnish, rye, red fruits and re-rye behind. In addition to the rye in the spotlight, there is probably the rest of the Crown Royal mashbill prorated, because underneath it all, it definitely feels the Crown Royal. Apples and caramel.

Taste:
Rye, honey, powdered sugar and pink pepper. Maybe a little too sweet for my taste versus rye spices that could have been a little more present. Strong and juicy texture.

Finish:
Rye and white pepper hold us pleasantly in suspense for a good while, although the experience is peppered here and there with nail polish tips and paint solvent.

Balance:
Considering the rest of the Crown Royal range, it's a hell of a lot of success. Ideally it should be a regular edition.

Note: ★★★★★

#201 • Crown Royal Black

45% alc./vol.
Crown Royal Distillery, Gimli, Manitoba, Canada

I start the third hundred of my reviews of whiskey coming home with a good old classic, but with a little extra, the Crown Royal Black.

It is an expression that is aged in charred oak barrels and the result of its particular blend is titrated to 45% alcohol. For these reasons, the distillery speaks of a "robust and more concentrated taste that leaves a lasting impression".

Because of its color and many of its notes of burnt oak, CR Black is probably the closest Canadian whiskey to bourbon at all levels.

As the lawyer, the car dealer and the Canadian politician so well said Gerard D. Levesque (1926-1993) so aptly put it:

Hope is like the sky of the nights: there is no corner so dark where the eye which is obstinate does not end up discovering a star.

Red as deep as the best Spanish sherry casks. There is just one thing that does not fit, it's a Canadian whiskey.

Nose:
A solid start that evokes Forty Creek at times. Vanilla, corn, rye and pepper lure us on the curious track that we might be dealing with a bourbon, but the crown ends up calling us to order with black cherry and good old Canadian maple syrup.

Taste:
Pepper, rye, orange, brown sugar, cherry and walnut. The bourbon disappears here to let the soul of an authentic Royal Crown shine.

Finish:
Still rye, pepper and orange, but this time on a grapefruit weft.

Balance:
The bad boy of Crown Royal. The dram that the queen drinks when she is in a tabarnac.

Note: ★★★★★