Today is looking like a quiet Canada Day Sunday - Pam has gone back to bed and Maggie is at her mom's, so I'm going to review a couple of Canadians before I properly start my day (which includes hitting the laundromat as my washing machine konked out yesterday...grrrrrr....)
This is the latest (2017) Limited Edition from Forty Creek, dubbed Heritage (Lot 011). According to the packaging, this is an "homage to our first ever, and most sought after release." I presume that they mean John's Private Cask? No idea. By the way, now that John Hall is no longer involved, who is the new "Master Blender" they refer to a couple of times on the packaging? No name is given. In any case, it is a blend of "corn, rye and barley whiskies" (I presume they mean malted barley) that is then finished in toasted American Oak. 16,500 bottles were produced.
The colour is a golden amber. Buttery on the nose, with cinnamon, caramel sauce, icing sugar and marzipan (as you might guess, very dessert-y). Orange marmalade. Thick honey. Pretty oaky. A drop of water only brings out a tiny bit of spice and wood smoke. Very approachable, and not hugely complex - however, it's a little on the sweet side for me.
The palate is just as sweet, with fondant, caramel and vanilla ice cream. Macadamia. Slightly oily mouthfeel. A nice rye bitterness balances out the creamy sweetness, especially if you add water. More complex and balanced than the nose - this is quite delicious.
The long finish is very nutty with some rye spice kicking in, followed by more caramel, toasted oak and apple-cinnamon. I'm glad I'm studying this one in the morning, as it is like a liquid cinnamon roll (not a horrid Cinnabon, I mean a real one!) Normally I'm not big on overly sweet whiskies, but this one has enough bite going on in the background to grab my attention. That mysterious Master Blender With No Name has done quite nicely here. Davin de Kergommeaux scores this a 92, which I think is a bit generous.