I've written up a couple of Confederation Oaks before; I believe this is the newest lot (1867-M).
The colour is a deep amber. Quite fruity on the nose, with lightly charred pineapple, poached pear, dark raisin, banana and papaya. Typical Forty Creek notes of vanilla and caramel but this time the spice is downplayed in favour of the fruit and oak. Creamsicle. Maple. Water brings the oak forward. Extremely rich and buttery, this is one of the most distinctive noses in Canadian whisky.
Beautiful palate: extremely creamy with soft caramel, vanilla pods, freshly ground cinnamon, plum and Anjou pear. Milk chocolate. Nutty with brazil nuts, walnuts and filberts. Stunning, especially with water which accentuates the spice and adds strawberries to the fruit basket.
The finish is toasty with cloves, marzipan and solid oak. The last bottling I had of this (Lot 1867-F) I scored an 88; I would put this one a bit higher. It's a perfect balance of fruit, deep oak and spice, keeping the sweetness in harmony with everything else. One of the most dependable of Forty Creek's regular releases.