Review: Forty Creek Three Grain Canadian Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

Blend of rye, corn, and barley whiskies
Distiller Forty Creek (Grimsby, Ontario)

This was in the original range of Forty Creek, sitting slightly above Barrel Select in price when Forty Creek whiskies started to be released (the distillery was founded in 1992). However, it was retracted shortly after in order to reduce competition for Barrel Select, the flagship brand. Some years later (in 2012, if my memory serves correctly) Copper Pot was then put in place as a slightly more premium version of barrel select - so in a sense, it was in a similar category - though Copper Pot is much better than Three Grain. It is made in a similar way to Barrel Select - a blend of 100% rye, corn, and barley whiskies all aged separately before blending and being finished together in another cask.

These bottles are long gone and very difficult to find. Thankfully I got a loaner bottle to get a taste of...the bottle has been open for some years so it's not exactly a fresh sample.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: 14D08 08:57:11

  • Bottling Date: N/A

Orange peel, apple seeds, granny smith apple peel, balsamic vinegar, caramel, the sweet richness of bourbon (Forty Creek's corn whisky which is blended into this is made in a bourbon style), and a light earthy nuttiness and oak all work together on the nose. On the palate, it is similar but subdued - vanilla, toffee, orange peel, and light rye spices with slight saccharin notes leading finally to a slightly bitter finish of orange juice, toffee, and some light nutmeg.

Value: N/A. This whisky is long gone, so not available anymore.