Rich & Rare Reserve Review

Country: Canada
Brand: Rich and Rare (R&R) Reserve
Bottled by Sazerac Co. at the Frankfort, Kentucky facility
Type: Blended Whisky
Age: NAS (Minimum 3 years)
Alcohol: 40%

Colour: Light Amber/Orange

Nose: Nothing to get excited about. Harsh Oak and Sharp Alcohol, Syrup, Rye and other Grains, Varnish. Bit of Caramel, Buttered Toast and a hint of Citrus. There’s a Fruity tone in the back of the glass but I can’t pin it down exactly because of the Alcohol. Plums maybe. When I nosed the empty glass, I got the light but not unpleasant combination of Grain and Oak.

Taste: Watery delivery. Sweet Syrup, slightly bitter Oak and spicy Rye. Alcohol Burn. White Pepper. Very faint hints of Orange and Cinnamon.

Finish: Quite hot and dry with some Rye, bitter Oak and Caramel.

I added a couple of drops of water but won’t do that again. On the Nose you get a bit more Grain but the whisky starts tasting like simple vodka.  

Rating: 70  

Nose: 18.5 – Taste: 17 – Finish: 17 – Overall: 17.5 

General Remarks: R&R Reserve is a blend of Reserve Barrel whiskies from Sazerac’s stocks of over 200.000 barrels of Canadian whisky. Sazerac is a very old privately owned company from New Orleans and is (apparently successfully) re-introducing Canadian whiskies to the US Market. It’s a very cheap blend at around US$ 14, - a bottle.

Drinking Experience Neat: Not quite my cup of Whisky!

Conclusion: You can’t expect miracles for US$ 14, - a bottle and you don’t get them with the Rich & Rare Reserve. The Nose is acceptable but taste wise I get no pleasure from this Blend. I suppose you could mix it with something but I would rather spend a few bucks more and get me a Standard Bourbon or Whiskey.

Jan van den Ende                                                              August 27, 2012


Eric said...

Jan? Why didn't you ask me before posting too my blog? You can continue but please send a case of mixed blended/canadian whiskey to office here:
Green Drinks Mason
5405 Heather Circle
Mason, OH 45040
Thank You & continues success! I figure you send out today, August 28 it should arrive by Tues/Weds next week.

Jan van den Ende said...

Hi Eric, There must be some misunderstanding here. I did not post anything to your blog! I have nothing to do with Canadian whisky. I'm a dutch whisky fan who lives in Brazil for almost 20 years. My hobby is tasting whisky and write about it on my blog. On Monday I posted my Tasting Notes of the Canadian Rich and Rare Reserve Blend. How that got to your blog I have no idea about. I would not dream of putting my stuff on somebody else's blog. Nor would I ask for it. Maybe you can inform Google Blogspot so they can sort it out. I'm really sorry for any inconvenience caused but please accept that I have nothing to do with this.
Cheers and Kind Regards

FashionStorm said...

Oi Jan!! TUdo bom?? Eu sou a Vivian, amiga do Juliano... (a que tem um blog de moda)...
O Juliano comentou sobre o seu blog!! Mto show!! Parabens!!!!

Qq coisa me manda um e-mail para trocarmos umas figurinhas de blog!!

Vivian - FashionStorm

Jan van den Ende said...

Ola Vivian, Muito Obrigado! Vou te mandar um e-mail sim.

Anonymous said...

This is a big seller in the Alaska bush- because alcohol is illegal there and this comes in plastic bottles. Easier to hide and ship into the villages.

Jan van den Ende said...

I don't want to live in the Alaska Bush then! (LOL) .I think you should suggest to put something else in the plastic bottles! Good Luck!!!

Theo Hughes said...

I like R&R Private Reserve. I am a whisky snob and have had the best from the worst.

If you are a Kentucky Bourbon fan this isn't for you. If you like a whisky glass with 3 cubes this is a great sipping whisky over a few hours, very smooth but don't do shots.

Jan van den Ende said...

Thanks for commenting Theo. Rich & Rare is certainly destined to be enjoyed in a mix or over lots of ice. And then...Cheers, Jan