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Here I am, back after a long absence, and with a few Canadian whiskys to review.
I have just started a new contract in Ontario and it allowed me to buy a few bottles not available in Québec, namely the Forty Creek Barrel Select, the Alberta Premium and the brand new Forty Creek Copper Pot Reserve. I would have loved to say this is the first review on the web of this new whisky, but Quebecwhisky beat me to the punch by a few days.
Drunk neat, though it could handle a few drops of water.
Deep amber, nearly red colour. I did not expect this, based on the barrel select.
Nose: Bit of burned sugar, vanilla and some spices and wine in the background.
Taste: It comes in cool and starts slightly sweet, but nowhere close to the full blown maple syrup of some other Canadians. As it warms, we get a full blown wine, fruit and nut explosion! Sherry anyone? There is a slight metallic taste as well. It actually reminds me both of Aberlour A'bunadh and Armagnac. Very nice.
Finish: The fruit and wine dominate again, but depart rapidly, leaving behind a metallic and nutty dryness.
Balance: The sourness of wine and fruits, balanced with the sweetness of a Canadian whisky: this is a winner. This is definitely something different, very pleasant and at 28$, the quality/price ratio is off the chart! Frankly, it blows away the the two other Forty Creek I own.
Will I buy it again? Whenever I drive to Ontario, I'll make sure to pick up a bot... case or two. This will remain in my cabinet for as long as I can get supplies.