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Black Velvet vs Rich & Rare: Head to Head!

Discover the differences between Black Velvet vs Rich & Rare in this in-depth comparison and decide which Canadian Whisky is better for You!

Black Velvet

  • Nose: Vanilla, corn, ethanol.
  • Palate: Oak, ethanol, cotton candy, oak spice.
  • Finish: Nail polish.

The nose offers vanilla at first, followed by a hint of corn and ethanol.

On the palate, Black Velvet feels thin lacking in body. Flavor is mostly oak and ethanol on the first sip but mellows out into an overly sweet cotton candy flavor. As you keep drinking it becomes bitter as oak spice starts to take over.

The finish is short and warm, with a strong nail polish note.

You could disinfect wounds with it but definitely this is something I recommend not buying.

This is one of the only whiskies I have tried that doesn’t get better with Coke as the nail polish note gets through.

I always try to find something positive about a dram but this is something for which I have nothing good to say.

This whisky is made in Canada by Heaven Hills, who crafts good budget bourbons such as Evan Williams which is a champ in terms of value and immensely better than the Black Velvet.

There are a few facts worth knowing about the Black Velvet:

  • Bottled at 80 proof (40% ABV).

  • Aged for 3 years.

  • Mash is comprised mostly of corn.

  • Crafted at The Black Velvet distillery in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.

  • The distillery features an automated operation system requiring just two employees per shift.

  • Black Velvet is the second best-selling Canadian whisky behind Crown Royal.

Rich & Rare

  • Nose: Caramel, peppermint.
  • Palate: Sweet corn, caramel, oak, peppermint mouthwash.
  • Finish: Short, cinnamon, mint.

The nose is quite light with not much aroma coming off the bottle. Just a tiny hint of caramel along caramel are detectable.

On the palate, Rich & Rare provides a bad mouthfeel as it lacks texture feeling too watery. Flavor hits with a peppermint mouthwash note, followed by sweet corn, caramel and a bit of oak spice.

The finish is short-lived with a hint of cinnamon and mint to it.

Definitely not a good sipper unless you are fond of mouthwash flavor although it becomes bearable when mixed in cocktails or poured in Coke.

This whiskey is crafted in Canada and later shipped to the United States to be bottled.

Rich & Rare is owned by U.S. based Sazerac Company (Buffalo Trace) who crafts some of the best bourbons brands but you won’t find any of that top-notch quality in this whiskey as it’s quite bad.

Sazerac has other budget options such as the Benchmark Bourbon which is a watered-down Buffalo Trace and still makes a much better pour than the Rich & Rare.

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There are a few facts worth knowing about the Rich & Rare:

  • Bottled at 80 proof (40% ABV).

  • No age statement so I assume it was aged for 3 years.

  • Mash bill is undisclosed.

  • Made in Canada and bottled in the United States.

Black Velvet vs Rich & Rare: Price comparison

Prices are approximate and stated in USD:

WhiskyPriceBottle Size
Black Velvet$191.75L (0.46 gallons)
Rich & Rare$161.75L (0.46 gallons)

Black Velvet vs Rich & Rare: Which is better?

Life is too short to drink bad whiskey

WhiskeyBlack VelvetRich & Rare
  • Black Velvet and Rich & Rare are cheap and still not provide good value for the money as they are quite bad.

  • They are packed with odd flavors, thin and watered-down providing a bad experience.

  • If you are drinking in a razor-thin budget there are other options that you should consider before.

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