||N/A; Finished in American virgin toasted oak|
||Blend of barley, corn, and rye whiskies|
|Distiller||Forty Creek (Grimsby, Ontario)|
This whisky is made using a blend of aged Canadian whisky with aged Caribbean rum. It can still be labelled Canadian whisky because of the regulation in Canada permitting the addition of up to 9.09% of aged spirits (at least 2 years) or wine. Chemically, this isn’t doing anything different than a finishing barrel (unless you are aging in the finishing barrel a long time).
Master blender Bill Ashburn is fond of rum, and, as such, wanted to release an expression that married both whisky and rum well. The base whisky is a custom-designed whisky blend that is corn-heavy, to which 12 year old Caribbean rum is added. Ashburn says that the amount of rum added “doesn’t come close to 9.09"%”, becuase “a delicate touch is needed when adding any spirit to Canadian whisky”. Indeed.
Bottling Code: N.A
Bottling Date: 2021
This is very dominated by rum – molasses, berry notes, loads of spices – it’s all over the nose much more than the grain character of whisky. But, when you taste, you get both of them – spicy, orange-y rum combined with the classic toasted oak character and baking spices of Forty Creek. The finish has a nice toasted oak finish with a blast of rum (or a “howl”, as Blair Phillips says). The spices are terrific on the finish.
I’d look at this much more as a mixer, especially for a deeper take on a lot of rum cocktails. It’s close enough, but very different and with a lot of depth. But, try it in a Between the Sheets (to replace both the cognac and rum - I like 2 oz foxheart, 0.75 oz cointreau, and 0.75 oz lemon juice), tiki cocktails, an old fashioned, or even a boulevardier (my favourite of the bunch). And if rye and/or rum and coke are your thing, this does great there too.
Highly Recommended as a cocktail mixer. If you like rum, this will provide some good intrigue as a sipper, but it’s probably closer to a rum-sipper than a whisky-sipper. I recommend as a whisky, but I think it really shines as a mixer (and that’s no downgrade!).