A Gimli-made whisky has been named the best of its kind as the 2016 World Whisky of the Year.
Crown Royal’s Northern Harvest Rye is produced in the Manitoba Interlake region and was singled out by renowned British whisky writer Jim Murray.
“Crown Royal Northern Harvest pops up out of nowhere and changes the game,” Murray said.
He awarded it 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.”
Northern Harvest Rye was first released in Canada in the fall of 2015. It is the brand’s first ever blended, 95% rye whisky and embodies a smooth and spicy flavour profile.
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.
Jim Murray’s 2016 world whiskies of the year:
- Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye
- Pikesville Straight Rye
- Midleton Dair Ghaelach
- William Larue Weller Bourbon
- Suntory Yamazaki Mizunara