Review: Forty Creek Heritage Limited Edition Canadian Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

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3-5 yrs; Finished in American virgin toasted oak
Blend of barley, corn, and rye whiskies
Distiller Forty Creek (Grimsby, Ontario)

The new limited edition from Forty Creek, made in the model of the old Forty Creek Small Batch - their first in the line of a very impressive set of special releases - only 6000 bottles were produced, and many people thought it was similar to a bourbon in style. The 40 Creek master blender wanted to revisit that flavor profile, and spent months blending to attain something similar - finishing the whisky in heavily toasted (not charred) casks, which apparently maintains more of the barrel spices without the sweetness since the charring would tend to bring out the caramels. There is a trend these days at finishing in new oak, but it's usually heavily charred not just heavily toasted - so let's take a look!

Review (2017)

  • Batch: Lot 011

  • Bottling Code: 4G/EF282S4 13:20:36

  • Bottling Date: 2017

The nose has loads of toffee notes, alongside fresh white oak – also cinnamon, grape, orange peel, semolina pasta, browned butter, caramel, rising sourdough (I love this note), white rice, and toasted oak – very much Forty Creek. The notes are rich, and interesting – not bad. The palate is big, buttery, and full of spice and toffee – and, again, slightly sour with a slight rancio character almost as if some sort of oxidized wine was in the mix. Great bready notes and oiliness. The finish has nice browned butter, caramel, toffee, licorice root (not licorice candy), old world pinot noir, and white pepper. Very nice – one of the best things to come from Forty Creek in the past few years. I’m really happy with this release – last year was a bit of a dissapointment, as was the year before – but they’re back at it, and it’s good. Terrific fall whisky.

Highly Recommended (48% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average. A reasonable price for a whisky this good.