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Forty Creek Double Barrel Reserve

a Canadian highlander

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@jfpilonReview by @jfpilon

13th Apr 2011

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  • Nose
    22
  • Taste
    22
  • Finish
    24
  • Balance
    24
  • Overall
    92

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my second review of a forty creek whiskey. And this one's is event better then the first.

The nose is lace with orange and wood. A touch of spices is there as well and a smooth sweetness.

The body is thicker then the barrel select, creamier.

Leaving it settle in the glass for a while brings something I though was unusual: a nice saltiness. Strange but true. And I get it sip after sip. The initial hit is sweet then soft salt notes arrive. Then we get spices. The finish is all about the wood: spicy and dry. Pretty dry. But good. And the after taste is mandarin with a wood dryness that is so good.

I keep thinking about 3 highland malts: the orange and salt is old pultney but less floral, we get also the some of the sweet saltiness of Clynelish but no wax nor too much esters, and the dry final is reminiscent of highland park, without the smoke. Yes, that's it: it is a Canadian highlander. You don't believe me? Try it! You see? you see? Right, eh? ( Canadian pun intended)

Yes it's good, yes better then the barrel select. My only gripe is the price: in Quebec it's twice what I paid for the barrel select in Ontario. That means it's about the same as the HP or Old Pultney 12 YO. And yet it only needed a truck to be delivered, not a plane nor a boat as well. And that's to me is it's only draw back.

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7 comments

@michaelschout
michaelschout commented

Years ago I bought a bottle of this from the very first batch ever released when it was supposed to be a limited edition run. It was the first legal booze purchase I made in Ontario when I was 19. I still haven't opened it, although this review is making it hard not to open it.

11 years ago 0

@jfpilon
jfpilon commented

whisky is made for drinking it, so go right ahead! or at least grab a barrel select from your local LCBO.

11 years ago 0

@dbk
dbk commented

A very ambitious choice for a first legal booze purchase, @michaelschout! I agree wholeheartedly with @jfpilon, however: whisky was made for drinking. It's about time you cracked that puppy open and tasted a memory of your youth.

As for the price, @jfpilon, you can't compare it to the Barrel Select, which is Forty Creek's entry-level expression. Indeed, the Double Barrel Reserve is but $0.05 more expensive at the SAQ than at the LCBO. Surely, a five cent delivery charge is worth it?

11 years ago 0

@jfpilon
jfpilon commented

Sorry if I did not get my point across better: the dbl barrel is better then the barrel select, but not twice better. Thus my comment about the price. A little like jw blue is better then the black, but never 5 times better.

As for the delivery, that part of the argument was to compare the dbl barrel to HP12 or the Old Pulteney 12 which are both about the same price as the forty creek.

Still a good whisky. A damn good one.

11 years ago 0

@michaelschout
michaelschout commented

@dbk and @jfpilon, You guys are a bad influence on me. I'm going out today and buying a bottle to open! Wish me luck.

11 years ago 0

@jfpilon
jfpilon commented

break a leg!

11 years ago 0

@dbk
dbk commented

Good luck!

11 years ago 0

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