Vanilla and oak nose, with a creamy layer of mint that warns you: Rye Ahead. And what a sweet rye wave it is, rolling in with green mint and grass, more bourbony oak and vanilla, lively spice on the top (with enough heat to keep it bold), and a finish that brings everything together. Beautifully integrated, and not overly woody, a tribute to the blending art of Canadian distillers.
95 points, Whisky Advocate (Vol. 21, #3)
Blended from the last remaining whiskies from the LaSalle Distillery in Quebec. Lovely caramel and vanilla nose; incredibly smooth and rich with gorgeous, creamy texture and beautiful sweet, luscious flavors; very opulent, harmonious and mellow; long, supple and balanced; impressive.
93 points, Tasting Panel (Jul 2012)
The second release in Crown’s Extra Rare Whisky Series, this XR (Extra Rare) blend is made with the final batch of whiskies from Montreal’s LaSalle Distillery. The amber liquid has a distinct fruity note, melding touches of vanilla and apple, and a long caramel-flavored finish that’s marked with hints of clove and allspice. Velvety in texture, this feels on the hot side, and is best when diluted with water, which adds softness.
89 points, Wine Enthusiast (Sep 2012)