Above is a beer I have written about before, but I mention it again due to its high quality and unquestioned savour of terroir.
It has a rich, molasses/butterscotch taste, very Bavarian and difficult to emulate in North America (I’ve never had one at any rate).
The real thing, from people who know exactly what fine beer is all about. Just don’t get it too old, this one was four months from packaging and still tasted very fresh.
Below, a new release from Crown Royal. It is 90% rye mash, meaning a rye grain mash (all rye or mostly) taken off the still at a low proof (under 80% ABV) as all traditional spirits are. I’d guess the 10% is a whisky made from a neutral spirit base or mostly. It tastes like a U.S. 80 proof bourbon if you added a measure of Canadian whisky to it, like a watered down bourbon. Not bad, but for the price or less, better options are available, IMO. The taste is sweetish, a little apply, with some oak, no char that I can tell, a decorous whisky in the Canadian tradition albeit less timorous than the typical Canadian whisky blend.