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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.