Notes from John Hall, Whisky Maker
Forty Creek Barrel Select Whisky is a premium Canadian Whisky. It has been rated the #1 tasting whisky in North America by discerning Whisky Judges and has taken home the most esteemed accolades possible for a whisky.
Forty Creek Barrel Select is a blend of high quality grains consisting of rye, barley and corn. To highlight the best characteristics of each grain, they are distilled separately in small batches in our copper pot still and patiently aged in American White Oak barrels. This process brisngs out the fruitiness and spiciness of the rye, the nuttiness of the barley, and the heartiness of the corn.
The barrels chosen for Forty Creek Barrel Select are hand selected for their unique characteristics. They are charred in different levels which create a richness and toasted earthiness in the spirit.
These three varietal grain whiskies are barrel aged separately from 6 to 10 years.
Forty Creek Barrel Select then goes through one more barrel aging process. The rye, barley, and maize whiskies, are decanted from their barrels, and bring them together. Then they are put into special sherry barrels for an additional 6 months. Sherry Cask Barrels finish the whisky with a silky smoothness on the palate.
The Result is a unique handcrafted whisky that is smooth and mellow but also intense and complex with a character of its own.
This unique barrel selection process results in a whisky where aromas of honey, vanilla and apricot fuse with toasty oak, black walnut and spice. The flavour is rich and bold on the palate and is completed in a smooth, long finish.
From Tastings.com - Deep amber color. Aromas of coconut creme brulee, toasted grain, and praline follow through on a round, satiny entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with good depth and a light buttercream note. Finishes with a long, wet grain, mineral and peppery spice fade. Nice vibrant and true honeyed grain character. (tasted on Jan-27-2010)
Awards & Accolades
Gold Medal Beverage Testing Institute, 2011 Barrel Select
Gold Medal, Beverage Testing Institute, 2010
Gold Medal, International Whisky Competition, 2010
Double Gold Medal, San Francisco World Spirits Competition, USA
Best Canadian Whisky, New England Whisky Festival, USA
Highest Award, International Spirits Challenge, England
Gold Medal, The World Selection, Belgium
Editor’s Gold Award, Whisky Magazine