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Forty Creek Port Wood Reserve

Angel is a Centerfold

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@paddockjudgeReview by @paddockjudge

10th Jun 2015

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  • Taste
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  • Finish
    23
  • Balance
    23
  • Overall
    94

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I don't often write reviews; however, after opening my fourteenth bottle of this rare beauty, I feel compelled to share my enjoyment.

Forty Creek Port Wood Reserve 2012 Lot 61, (45% abv) Bottle 615/ 6600.

I opened this bottle about a month ago, just as I was stricken with a crippling cough and respiratory infection. One dram was poured from this bottle, but it was lost on me as my palate was, for lack of a better word, paralyzed. That tough patch is behind me and I'm well on my way to testing my palate again.

The aromas rising from the Canadian Glencairn glass possess a delicious density. Bumbleberry pie - dusty cocoa - honey, tea, and almonds much like a decades old Montecristo - exotic spices. The port influence is unmistakable. All are very inviting.

With a promise this big, is it possible to reach the suggested level of greatness? I am reminded of expressions that project greatness, but fall flat on delivery. This particular expression is very nearly unbelievable. It is Beautiful. Voluptuous. Sexy. To borrow from The J. Geils Band; My blood runs cold / My memory has just been sold / My angel is a centerfold / Angel is a Centerfold.

This beauty has it all. Any better and it would be obscene.

Freshly picked berries, both sweet and tart. Raisins, walnut skins, faint prickly pepper and amazing rye spiciness. The port is abundant, yet not overwhelming. This is an explosion of flavour, big and juicy. Did I mention the high quality dark chocoalte? This is a very complex whisky.

The balance is near perfect. The exit is clean. Dry with mild heat and continuing spiciness. Silky and supple. The sweet fruit lingers and Habanos tobacco returns amidst a wave of faint anise bitterness. Even the finish has balance.

This whisky is a testament to the creativity of John Hall, the self-proclaimed 'whisky maker' and now referred to as 'The Founder' of Forty Creek. A true masterpiece from this whisky savant.

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5 comments

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

OK, but do you like it?

2 years ago 0

@paddockjudge
paddockjudge commented

It took fourteen bottles for me to pen a review. It's not bad at all.

2 years ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

I'm still on my first. I like it. I have one spare. Somehow I suspect you'll be drinking from that one someday.

2 years ago 0

@paddockjudge
paddockjudge commented

@Nozinan, it will be my pleasure to accept your generous hospitality.

2 years ago 0

Jonathan commented

Any better and this review would be obscene! I'm looking forward to tasting this stuff!

2 years ago 0

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