Price Point: $20 – $30 for 750 ML
My first experience with Forty Creek was in November of last year at Whiskey Fest. I chanced upon their booth, which was one of the more modest at the show. A quiet man stood behind the booth and politely asked me if I would like to sample his whisky. I obliged, of course, as I had not tried Forty Creek or even heard of it up until then.
When you’re used to the spiciness of a bourbon or the peaty taste of an Islay Scotch, most Canadian whiskies seem to get dull. I used to enjoy Canadian whisky several years ago, but I think I just appreciated how easy it is to drink.
Forty Creek is not your typical Canadian whisky. After my first sip, I glanced back at the man behind the booth in admiration of his whisky. He introduced himself as John Hall, the master distiller for Forty Creek.
The nose on this one is Canadian, without a doubt. But it’s not quite as flat as some of its countrymen. There’s a little more to it, but you won’t be able to tell from the nose alone.
Forty Creek surprises on the first sip. There’s a distinct nuttiness to it, unlike anything I have ever tasted in a whiskey. There’s also a lot of honey in this, both in the mouthfeel and the flavor.
The finish is just great. It’s relatively brief due to its low proof, but the oak really shines here.
Rating & Recommendations
I was pleasantly surprised by Forty Creek. I give this whiskey a rating of 84 out of 100.
Because it’s pretty cheap relative to other whiskeys on the market, feel free to experiment with some mixtures. It’s just as good neat, though.
Forty Creek really stands out as something unique in the Canadian section of your liquor store. If you haven’t tried it, I definitely recommend it.