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Review: Rich & Rare Reserve Blended Canadian Whisky

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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 / sazerac.com

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Christopher Null

Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content company.

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13 Comments

  1. tim anderson March 19, 2012

    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

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  2. Kelly March 29, 2012

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

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  3. mary baker May 3, 2013

    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

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  4. BrewerTX January 18, 2014

    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.

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  5. Alaska907 June 30, 2014

    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.

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  6. Ray February 22, 2015

    Is this whiskey stronger than crown?

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    1. Christopher Null February 22, 2015

      No, same proof.

  7. Pat ashcroft October 2, 2015

    Rich and rare is the most nasty dirty filthy rot gut whiskey I have ever drank why people would put this poison in there body Is beyond me. You minds well drink horse piss from a bottle

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  8. deeman October 3, 2015

    okay, mr. patrickashcroft. but are you talking about regular r&r or reserve? there is a difference. and how do you know get your horse to piss in a bottle?

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  9. Martin October 4, 2015

    I’ve drank a lot of bourbon, scotch, and had my fair share of Canadian, R&R Reserve is robust, tangy, and has the rye thing going that I look for in bourbon, smooth even though I like bite…for the buck, you can ‘t go wrong….maybe a little too smooth…. Bottle went down no problem.

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  10. Keely December 17, 2015

    Does anyone here ever put this whiskey in the freezer? I have drank this for several years,I have never had it freeze! The last few times I have bought this, has been freezing on me. Thought my son was watering down my booze! Anyone else have this problem.. whiskey shouldn’t freeze!

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  11. Anonymous November 5, 2017

    We have found some difference in some bottles of r& really recently. It has an off taste that is very repulsive. The label is ineligible to read as to when the batch was produces. We love r&r! But this is was not good. Please respond.l

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