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Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye

This was unexpectedly declared the “best whiskey in the world” in 2015 by Jim Murray and due to resulting “online hub-bub” (or as I call it OHB) I chose to stay away at that time and revisit this controversial whisky at a later date. I am glad I did because of the excellent price point it is really very good value. Made from a 90% rye mash bill the nose has lemon pledge, coffee, vanilla, toffee and even some floral notes. The taste is smooth and creamy, lots of the notes from nose with Wherther’s Original candy and milk chocolate. The finish has peppermint, some grassy herbal notes and a little oak.  The buttery creamy mouthfeel reminded me of The Macallan. Is it very good but I can’t say if it was the best in the world that year because I did not try them all.

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  • Monday, 11 April 2016 10:47

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #11

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    Location: Homemade, Singapore

    Date: April 2016

    Price: Free

    Recipe: 2 parts Maker's Mark, 1 part Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, 1 part Antica Sweet Vermouth, dash bitters

    Garnish: With the maraschino liqueur in recipe no need for cherry

    Served: Up

    Comments: I totally stole this recipe from Reserve 101 and it now my "go to" homemade recipe.  A little sweet, need to try with rye.

    What is this about? Check out  http://www.somanywhiskies.com/item/749-the-manhattan-project-ii

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