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Forty Creek Double Barrel Reserve - Still good?

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@dloewen
dloewen started a discussion

Anyone living in Ontario, you may have noticed a packaging change for the Forty Creek Double Barrel Reserve. It has a bottle mimicking their lower shelf offerings, as well as a new price of $39.95! Has anyone done a taste side-by-side with the outgoing bottle? I saw this change too late, and the discontinued LCBO listing is completely sold out. My fear is that Compari is slowly watering down a great brand for the masses...

16 days ago

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@OdysseusUnbound

I won’t buy any more FC offerings without trying from the batch first. The Double Barrel was a terrific whisky, but I fear that the “newer” bottlings are going to be weaker offerings. The Copper Pot Reserve has been going downhill ever since John Hall retired. The Barrel Select is a roll of the dice, quality-wise. It’s a shame, since older bottlings (like the Portwood Reserve) were magnificent. The newer ones tend to have a very bitter, unpleasant, spirity, vodka-esque note on the finish. pensive

16 days ago 2Who liked this?

@Nozinan
Nozinan replied

@OdysseusUnbound Yeah, that Portwood was good. Wherever did you come across that? You lucky guy!

16 days ago 1Who liked this?

@OdysseusUnbound

@Nozinan It was only a sample, gifted by a thoughtful medical professional who wrote me a script for it. For, uhm, mental health purposes...

16 days ago 2Who liked this?

@OdysseusUnbound

@Nozinan The kind dr had also given me a lovely sample of FC Heart Of Gold which was also terrific...

16 days ago 2Who liked this?

@dloewen
dloewen replied

I think the potential for Forty Creek is amazing...too bad John Hall sold out when he did. He started a great thing, and Compari is capitalizing on huge volume sales...but where is the good stuff for us whisky nerds?

15 days ago 2Who liked this?

@dloewen
dloewen replied

@Nozinan laughing That is absolutely true!

14 days ago 1Who liked this?

@paddockjudge
paddockjudge replied

@dloewen, They aren't watering it down, it was already 40% wink

There is no doubt in my mind that Campari is using younger, uhm, I mean adequately matured, hand selected barrels of whisky for the new and improved Double Barrel. It is now a premium-priced mixer. The early batches of FCDB were very good, especially a number of months after being opened.

14 days ago 2Who liked this?

Jonathan replied

I saw the 40 Creek Barrel Select for well under 20$ today, but wasn't sure what it's like. it's easy for me to get. Canadian whisky conns, is it good stuff?

13 days ago 0

@dloewen
dloewen replied

@Jonathan I'm assuming you live in the U.S.? Yes, the Forty Creek Barrel Select is a good easy sipper/mixer with absolutely nothing off-putting, however it also lacks character to make it a "good" sipper. In Ontario it is our bottom-shelf selling at $27...I'd maintain, it's better than most bottom-shelfers (I think most would agree with me.) This thread, however, is about Forty Creek DOUBLE Barrel Reserve. I don't know whether that is exported. The first two bottles are the two currently offered in Ontario. If you find the third bottle pictured, snatch it up, it's the discontinued version of FCDBR that sold for $59 CAD.

Edit: I attached 3 photos, but it only saved the third...can't see any way to edit the attached photo, sorry.

11 days ago 1Who liked this?

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@dloewen
dloewen replied

There we go...I'll try this again.

11 days ago 0

@paddockjudge
paddockjudge replied

@dloewen, the bottle style change for FC Double Barrel is probably driven by pack size. The old style tall, flask-like bottles were packed six in a box. This box looked big enough to hold 8 or 9 bottles, but had spacers on the end (to protect the bottles?). The new style bottle is most likely going to the standard pack size of 12/ctn, making it more practical for production line runs as well as shipping and handling....and getting more bottles onto store shelves.

11 days ago 0

Jonathan replied

@dloewen Just a note: the price was below 20$. Should probably have snapped it up.

9 days ago 0

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