Canadian Whisky - Blended

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Forty Creek Port Wood Reserve Canadian Whisky

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

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Tier 1
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Awards

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2010
  • 2013

Beverage Testing Institute

  • 2010
  • 2013

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Forty Creek Port Wood Reserve Canadian Whisky from modern whisky master John K Hall, is a limited edition product with "only 3,000 bottles available exclusively in Ontario" according to the press release.

In Hall's own words: "I believe it is one of the best whiskies I have tasted. I only wish I had made more of it. I started this whisky in 1993 by preparing vintage port wood barrels. My vintage ports were made from Niagara grown grapes and aged in white oak heavy charred barrels... My Port Wood Reserve is made in the same style as Forty Creek Barrel Select and Double Barrel, in that I do not use a mash bill. My varietal whiskies are aged separately, and once completed, they are brought together for further rounding out. In this whisky, the Forty Creek blend was aged in the vintage Port Wood for another two years prior to bottling."

The 2013 Beverage Testing Institute--in the second of two positive reviews--called it "exceptionally smooth, complex and delicious."

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.

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