Forty Creek Confederation Oak Reserve

Old Oak

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28th Nov 2011

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About this score:

  • Nose: 22
  • Taste: 20
  • Finish: 21
  • Balance: 18

The average score for this whisky is 88.

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Tasting Notes by Victor

Forty Creek whiskies are made at the Kittling Ridge Distillery in Grimsby, Ontario. The reviewed bottle is # 06447 from lot # 1867. The bottle has been open for 4 1/2 months at the time of this review.

Nose: moderate intensity very pleasant maple and vanilla, with slight honey sweetness, and a slight scent of rose.

Taste: sweet high-pitched maple wood flavours, including vanilla and strong caramel, with strong supporting and contrasting rye spice flavours. I find the flavours to be somewhat less aggressively sweet or aggressively spicy than those of the Forty Creek Barrel Select whisky. There is plenty of flavour here, though this is much more caramel-y than I would prefer. At 4 1/2 months of the bottle open the flavours of the wood harmonise better with the spicy rye grain flavours than they did when the bottle was first opened.

Finish: this whisky does a very nice slow gradual fade out with all of the elements remaining strong for a long time.

Balance: Forty Creek Confederation Oak has some nice flavours present. To my palate this whisky screams out for needing some additional bass notes from the wood for balance and optimal harmony. A lot of people like this whisky. For me it is just ok.


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Fergie71 wrote:

Nice review on the Confed Oak.

This past saturday, my wife and I were invited to some friends for supper - we ended up 3 couples and the boys had some cigars for post meal...

Knowing the host enjoys Canadian whisky, I brought along an unopened bottle of Fourty Creek Confederation Oak ( Lot 1867, bottle 03764) -- we managed to do a very nice dent in the bottle.

You are right in stating that the caramel-y flavours are very present in this release. I found I much preferred it on ice as opposed to neat. Once we got the cigars going, it did mellow somewhat - maybee my taste buds where getting mixed signals. Nonetheless, I very nice Canadian whisky for me... probably be around the score you gave it.

Thanks for the review. Scott

28 November 2011 22:37

Pudge72 wrote:

Great write-up @Victor, and very interesting comment @Fergie71, about adding ice. I definitely want to pick up this bottling, along with the Double Barrel Reserve, at some point in 2012. Among the interesting tidbits that are included in the background information provided with Davin de Kergommeaux's write up:

is the fact that this has been the largest bottling of the specialty offerings from Forty Creek. Another little would seem that John Hall had a little fun with the lot 'numbering' for this release. All bottles are from 'Lot 1867' as it refers to the year of Canadian Confederation (yes, Canada will officially turn 145 years old next July 1st), in keeping with the Confederation theme of this release.

29 November 2011 00:57

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