Although I rarely get to Forty Creek whiskies now that there are so many open bottles in my cabinet, and I’ve been more preoccupied with Wiser’s / Corby’s on the Canadian front, this is probably my favourite of the FC special releases (This was released, I believe, in 2013). @Paddockjudge was instrumental in helping me to accumulate a few of these as I entered the game a little late. Interestingly, I have reviewed later expressions but never this one.
I opened my second bottle of this on October 1, 2017, to celebrate the election of Jagmeet Singh as the leader of my party. He had run on a slogan of “Love and Courage” and I had chosen this bottle as the one that would best symbolize his victory.
Fast forward to Sept. 18 (still here in Toronto). I got a call from party HQ asking me to please say yes to being a candidate. I’d be running against 2 other doctors and because an independent MP is running for re-election all eyes will be on this riding on election night.
Today I put on my “election suit” and went to a rally with the leader. I’d met him before but this time we got to chat and take photos together. So coming home, as I work to get my “candidate stuff” in order (and do some charting - I still have to work for a living), I decided it was a fitting time to post a review of this whisky.
This expression is reviewed in a Highland glass my usual manner, allowing it to settle after which I take my nosing and tasting notes, followed by the addition of a few drops of water, waiting, then nosing and tasting.
Rich caramel and syrup, rye spices, apples and other fruit in the background. A little hot. Very nice nose. Minimal difference with water.
Sweet arrival, with lots of spices in the development. I get sweet, cooked apples. Nice, thick, slightly oily mouthfeel. A little alcohol nip. This has rich flavour. Water makes it even richer with a mouth feel (not the taste) like the honey left at the bottom of your teacup. (23/25)
Quite short, a little sweet with some pepper in the throat.
Beautifully balanced, both between nose and palate and within the palate
Score: Neat - 88/100 With Water: 89/100
Overall score based on enjoyment: 90/100
One of the downsides of having so many good whiskies in my cabinet is that I don’t get back to some of them as often as I like. On the plus side, it’s like discovering a gem all over again.
I hope I enjoy the campaign as much as I enjoy this whisky!
I've not seen or heard of any of this in NZ. Reading your review it sounds a bit meh, but then you give it 90 - it must have some hidden beauty there?
@Hewie It has a heart of gold. I’m not a supertaster so I rarely get 40 smells and flavours. But there is a complexity with the flavours and the mouthfeel that is quite exceptional.