On our recent trip to Canada i actually got to try some of the Canadian Whiskies , those tried included offerings from Canadian Club, Forty Creek , Pike Creek , Collingwood and Gibsons . I actually brought back a couple……
Here are thoughts on them plus a Mini of another Forty Creek release .
Forty Creek Barrel Select
Forty Creek Barrel Select is a blend of high quality grains consisting of rye, barley and corn , they are barrel aged separately from 6 to 10 years , they are then brought together in special sherry barrels for an additional 6 months.
Quite a complex Nose , bags of Vanilla , Honey , oak spices with toasted oak very like the Ardbegs that had been in toasted oak casks . Fantastic nose ! A very relaxed palate , very smooth across the tongue , again lots of vanilla , bags of Butterscotch Toffee , that floods from the palate into a very long finish that also includes toasted oak .
Wonderful ! I just hope some day that this is available in the UK as it would become a standard on my shelf !
Gibson’s Finest Rare 18yo
This is one of William Grant and Sons brands , i first tried this at their stand at this years Spirit of Toronto and was blown away by it’s quality ! Apparently only 12,000 bottles a year are produced and all are sold in Canada .
Another one big in Vanilla and oak on the nose with quite a whiff of toffee as well , a touch of spices follow on . Silky smooth across the palate , big in Butterscotch toffee , vanilla and lovely oak spices , there’s also a hint of pepper which flows through to a long and very lingering finish . The finish is actually quite hot , the heat interplays with the toffee sweetness and vanilla really well .
An astonishing Dram , probably my favourite og the canadian whiskies i’ve tried so far…..
Forty Creek Double Barrel Reserve
Rye, Barley and Corn whiskies that were aged first in their own casks then blended and further matured in fresh Bourbon Barrels .
On the nose it’s loaded with Vanilla , strong almond (marzipan) , very sweet and spicy , kind of reminds me of Treacle tart as well . Very silky smooth across the palate , again quite sweet , loads of vanilla and smattering of oak spices , it also has a touch of butterscotch . An absolutely wonderful mouthfeel with a long , sweet vanilla finish that lingers for ages and makes you want more .
A fantastic dram , absolutely stunning !
I’d heard people saying these Canadian whiskies aren’t up to others , the only one that has disappointed was the Canadian Club Sherry cask i tried , i’ve been more than happy with the one’s i’ve had . Seeing we can’t get these (apart from CC and Crown Royal) in the UK i can’t wait to get back to Canada to try some more and bring back a bit more stock !