||Blend of rye, corn, and barley whiskies|
|Distiller||Forty Creek (Grimsby, Ontario)|
This whisky is made according to the original recipe of Forty Creek Three Grain, a whisky which was released as part of the initial core range of Forty Creek but then discontinued in favour of marketing barrel select. This, now a 20th anniversary release, includes some of the original liquid which went into those original blends. It has been re-released as a tribute to the original bottle.
Lots of fans have clamoured over the old Three Grain release - I even recall an unopened bottle selling for $1000 second-hand between two Forty Creek enthusiasts in the parking lot of Forty Creek during a whisky festival. I respect the enthusiasm… I’ve always preferred barrel select which remains one of the best Canadian whiskies for the price.
Batch: 20th anniversary
Bottling Code: N/A
Bottling Date: 2020
The nose actually has a decent influence of corn, nutty grain, and light floral and spicy character – three grain, indeed! It has a different feel than the recent special releases, with a much softer and subtle character. It does hearken back!
It is classically Canadian – the nose has corn husks, lilac, orange peel, vanilla, baking spices, sugar caramel. The palate starts sweet with orange, baking spices, vanilla, toffee, caramel, and slowly leads to a dry spicy finish full of dried fruit. It is a bit less fruity, and a bit more grainy.
It is very similar to the old three grain whisky – but is different in a few respects. While similar in profile, this one has a sharper character, more depth, and vibrancy. I like it more than the old bottle, and it is quite a bit less brash than many of the latest special releases.
Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).
Value: Average at $60. Higher if you are a Forty Creek fan….perhaps significantly. It’s one of the few releases that has really hearkened towards the initial style of the distillery.