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Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye is the 2016 World Whisky of the Year

NORWALK, Conn., November 19, 2015 – Renowned whisky writer Jim Murray today announced Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye as the 2016 World Whisky of the Year, marking the first time a Canadian Whisky has received the honor. The recognition comes at a time when both the Canadian and Rye whisky categories continue to gain popularity amongst whisky aficionados and consumers alike.

“Crown Royal Northern Harvest pops up out of nowhere and changes the game,” said Murray of the whisky, which he awarded a record-tying 97.5 out of 100 points. “It certainly puts the rye into Canadian Rye. To say this is a masterpiece is barely doing it justice.”

Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye was first released in the U.S. in early 2015. The variant showcases the distinctly Canadian rye whiskey featured in the traditional Crown Royal Deluxe Blend that consumers have grown to love throughout the last 75-plus years. The latest variant to be introduced by Crown Royal, Northern Harvest Rye (90 proof, 45% ABV) is the brand’s first ever blended, 90% rye whisky and embodies a smooth and spicy flavor profile that can be mixed into traditional rye cocktails or enjoyed neat or on the rocks.

“Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye showcases the rye whisky that has been such an integral component of the Crown Royal Deluxe blend since 1939. This is a testament to the unbelievable blending and distilling that’s been taking place in Gimli for over 75 years,” said Yvonne Briese, Vice President of Crown Royal. “We are thrilled that Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye has been named World Whisky of the Year!”

The recognition comes on the heels of the launch of Crown Royal’s new campaign titled “The One Made for a King.” The creative, which will run across TV, print, out of home, digital and social, was developed to share the 75-year-old brand’s royal origin story and liquid credentials with consumers. To view the TV spots, please visit

In addition to being named 2016 World Whisky of the Year, Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye received a double gold medal at this year’s San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye is part of Crown Royal’s vast portfolio of variants for whisky lovers to enjoy, including Crown Royal Regal Apple, the #1 innovation launch across U.S. Spirits over the past 12 month period, according to Nielsen and NABCAand Crown Royal Hand Selected Barrel, a double gold recipient and winner of “Best Canadian Whisky” in the 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye


Whiskey Review: Crown Royal Monarch 75th Anniversary Blend

Crown Royal Canadian Whisky was created in 1939 by the Seagram’s company to present to King George VI and his wife, the parents of the current Queen of England, to commemorate their first visit to Canada.

Crown Royal became the, forgive me, crown jewel of Canadian whisky. Creamy and fruity, it is blended from a variety of whiskeys made in different stills and composed of different mashbills.

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the creation of Crown Royal, the company is releasing the Monarch’s blend. Crafted by master blender Andrew MacKay, this special release comes with an elegant presentation, wrapped in a silver velvet bag and enclosed in a cardboard box with a hinged door.

From the start, Crown Royal used rye whiskey produced in the Coffey still at the company’s distillery in Gimli, Manitoba for a lot of its flavor, and this latest blend contains the largest proportion of it yet.

On the nose, this whisky is fruity and honeyed, with rye grain and a very slight oakiness. It has a luscious mouthfeel, rounded and supple, along with a richness and concentration of flavor. Filled with toffee and fruit up front, with oak and spice for balance on the finish, it is a warm and inviting whisky.

The Monarch 75th Anniversary Blend is reminiscent of the regular blend of Crown Royal, but more so. It is bolder and more flavorful; a more substantial whisky overall. Truly an impressive achievement  — a delicious blend.

Crown Royal Monarch 75th Anniversary Blend