Review: Niagara Bench VSOP Canadian Brandy / by Jason Hambrey

>4 yrs
Distiller Forty Creek (Grimsby, Ontario)

I can't resist putting up Forty Creek's brandy contender amidst some of the Armagnacs that I posted last week. Let's see how it does...

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2016

Very fruity, and slightly raw – lots of dried apricot, fig, white raisin, mulled red wine, and anise. Not bad, certainly, on the nose. Caramel, candied orange peel. The palate is spicy, with lots of pepper, cinnamon, clove, licorise, and anise candies. It also retains lots of orange peel. Some bready notes too. Nice, but not incredibly complex. Some nice old world qualities to it, though.

Value: Average to High. It’s not expensive, and I like it, but there are still better jewels to be found on the lower level shelves.