Two years ago, Jim Murray made waves, as he is wont to do, by naming Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye as his whiskey of the year. I'm only now just getting around to trying it.
Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye, 45% abv ($28)
This has a nice nose with spicy rye notes and a touch of mint. On the palate it's minty with bubblegum but then quite bitter. The finish is spicy with some medicinal notes.
This one starts nicely but then turns bitter and flat.
Thanks to Reid Bechtle for the sample and photo.