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

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

The last few releases of Forty Creek have been similar - finishing for a flourish of oak and starboard wine. This whisky uses high-spice wood staves as part of the barrel maturation, combined with the addition of old starboard wine to give a rich fruitiness to the whisky. This, now, is the third installment of wood staves and wine - Unity had mocha staves, Victory had vanilla staves, and now Resolve has high-spice staves.

Forty Creek certainly deserves credit for consistently delivering annual releases that abound in complexity and continue to be very diverse.

Review (2020)

  • Batch: Lot 014

  • Bottling Code: BG/IG29344

  • Bottling Date: 2020

The nose is very nutty, tannic, and fruity with lots of the usual complexity – hazelnut oil, caramel, toffee, clove, white pepper, grapefruit, pencil lead and orange juice. Quite a busy nose. The palate has a lot of wine character, light acidity, oak, and more nuttiness.  The texture is thick, but spicy. The finish is nutty, winey, and oaky. And, a reasonable kick of cinnamon.

A relatively big special release from Forty Creek, and probably my favourite special release since Heritage (is that the second year in a row?). But, it shoots for boldness of personality over some of the subtlety and complexity of some of the other releases. The bigger wine and oak character cover up some underlying complexity, but they also tame a brash spirit – very modern. Lots of charred oak in the empty glass.

It’s one of the better examples of “new Forty Creek” as opposed to the older character of the special releases.

Highly Recommended (49% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average, at $80.