Crown Royal Northern Harvest Review


At 45%, the whisky is watery as hell, with and overly sweet finish. On closer attention, there’s a short burst of flavour on the palate that well balances oak and vanilla with a strong lemon zest or citrus. The slightly higher abv. coats the mouth while flavour almost immediately disappears . There are no lingering flavours, but there is also no lingering harshness. This could be misconstrued for ‘smoothness’. While the whisky could certainly be called smooth for being easy to drink, the Rye grain is actually still quite rough and is only tenuously balanced by whatever malt is used, likely at higher strength, to overtake the finish. It leaves me in wanting. I am drinking it neat but the finish feels akin to the finish of a Rye or Bourbon on ice, with the watery dilution ‘smoothing’ it out. I’m totally perplexed that Jim Murray called this the whisky of the year. It’s certainly an enjoyable everyday drinking blend, useful for rye and gingers or when a quick shot of light whisky is needed, but I would prefer that the Amrut branded glass in the picture were filled with some actual Amrut single malt, perhaps the Fusion or Intermediate Sherry which Murray rated 97.5 and 97 pts. respectively and named 3rd best in the world a few years ago. Now that’s good whisky. And before the man went crazy and trolled the world of whisky.


About Kamran Ahmed

I have a Masters in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto. I work as a freelance writer and film critic in Vancouver. My writing is primarily distributed through Next Projection, an online film journal based in Toronto.
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