Review: Rich & Rare Reserve Blended Canadian Whisky

Sazerac’s Rich & Rare Canadian Whisky is a fast-growing brand — the fastest-growing U.S.-bottled Canadian brand last year — but one that is available in only about a dozen states right now. It’s also dirt cheap: The standard bottling sells for about $7.50.

The line is already expanding to add a Reserve bottling which will sell for all of $10 to $14 when it’s released this month.

This whisky — no age statement, 80 proof — is a brilliant orange in color, and citrus is the dominant flavor on the palate. It’s sweet but not cloying, with rich, sherried fruitiness to it — orange, plums, and grilled peaches. The finish is driven by the wood — caramel and cotton candy notes — but it goes out clean. While rye is obviously a component here, it’s not a dominant one: Spiciness is limited largely to the nose, where you get a touch of herbs, and a fleeting hint of it on the finish.

All told, it’s easygoing but surprisingly alive and balanced for a whisky that will probably set you back all of 13 bucks.

A- / $13 /


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8 Responses

  1. tim anderson March 19, 2012 / 8:41 am

    i was told about r&r whiskey 2 months ago and it is great. it is all we drink out our private club in chesapeake, va. it is so smooth on the rocks. we buy it at the abc store on liberty st. in chesapeake, va 23324.
    again it is a grat whisky.
    keep up the good work, tim

  2. Kelly March 29, 2012 / 11:24 am

    Been drinking R&R for 6 years, by far the best value and flavor in West Michigan

  3. mary baker May 3, 2013 / 8:26 am

    I’ve been drinking R & R since about 1973
    My friendly bartender suggested this when he could not offer me Jose Cuervo(all
    he carried was El toro)
    I tried a shot of R & R and have been drinking it ever since.
    I AM disappointed that they changed the shape of the bottle – it had “character” with
    the old bottle

  4. BrewerTX January 18, 2014 / 9:54 am

    R&R reserve is better than regular R&R. I just stepped up to the Reserve a couple days ago and it is way smoother and better tasting overall. Kicks the dog out of crown for the price this is my new canadian whisky.

  5. Alaska907 June 30, 2014 / 2:35 am

    R&R Reserve is my favorite alcohol. Regular R&R and Monarch Canadian was my favorite before I bought R&R Reserve. I get zero hang overs from any Canadian Whisky, and bad hang overs from American Whiskey, Vodka, etc.

  6. Ray February 22, 2015 / 6:11 pm

    Is this whiskey stronger than crown?

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