Oh man, is this nice. The sweet smells and flavors of fresh baking. All of my early memories, heavy laden with Canadiana and prairie life, are brought forth with a vengeance. Gramma making homemade bread and buns, sweet fruitcakes, grains and cereals…farmlife. Serious nostalgia here.
Forty Creek is a blended Canadian whisky produced in Grimsby, Ontario from rye, barley and corn. According to wiki, each grain is fermented, distilled and aged separately (between 6 and 10 years) before vatting. Some of these are sherry-finished. Unique and interesting. Just like the whisky itself.
For the malt enthusiasts out there…c’mon…branch out. Live a little. Canadian whisky can be quite stunning, and for the minimal investment required to nab a decent bottle (<$30), what have you got to lose? It is a refreshing change, and adds an element of smooth, sweet and unbelievably rich flavor to your whisky collection.
Back to the Barrel Select…
The nose carries the downhome scents of oven-fresh baked goods, as mentioned, but rounds these out with a whiff of smoke, creamy caramel and shake of vanilla and nutmeg. Yeah…it really is that nice. Most of this is also be found on the palate, with a bit of chocolate and fruit as well. The depth of this whisky and the waves of intensity are surprising considering this is a mere 40% abv.
The finish is of medium length and carries lingering chocolate. Damn, is this nice.
Rewarding and satisfying.
– Reviewed by: Curt
– Photo: Curt