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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.