Canadian Whisky - Blended

Forty Creek John K Hall Double Barrel Reserve Blended Canadian Whisky

From: Ontario, Canada Liquor Review Category: Blended Canadian Whisky

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Tier 2
This is a Tier 2 score in the Whiskey category. It means critics have highly recommended the spirit as a benchmark in the category.
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Awards

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

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  • 2015

Beverage Testing Institute

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  • 2014

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Proof66 Notes

Forty Creek Double Barrel Reserve whisky gets its name from that creek. It's distilled with maize (Indian corn) being high in sugars and starch. This whisky was developed from a "first run" bourbon barrels from Kentucky. Kittling lets their aged whisky age a second time in these bourbon barrels--a finishing--in order to achieve a new taste profile. This is a limited release bourbon.

Kittling Ridge is in Ontario, Canada near the Niagara Escarpment and takes its name from the ridge that separates the "growing conditions" for the winery. The winery was purchased in 1992 by John Hall, who also owns Forty Creek Whisky. His background is in wine and has led to a distinctive and unique approach to distilling spirits. In her (excellent!) book 99 Drams of Whiskey self-proclaimed "accidental hedonist" Kate Hopkins interviewed John Hall and quoted him saying, "I respect the traditions surrounding whiskey but coming from a winemakers' background, I am not tied to them." In March, 2014, Forty Creek Distillery was acquired by Italian-based Gruppo Campari for a reported $180 million.

Rabble Reviews

This bottle has 1 rating and 1 review.
degbert degbert (147) (2014-08-05)
This is just a weird puppy. The nose is redolent of incense -- it's like the whisky was infused with sandalwood and frankincense. For the price, it was thin and harsh on the front of the palate; it opened up afterwards, and was sweet and rich, but the nose and opening punch was way out of whack, especially when you consider the price tag. I can't recommend this one.
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