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Review: Forty Creek Evolution

Posted by Arctic Wolf on April 10, 2015

Forty Creek EvolutionForty Creek Whisky has for the last number of years produced a special limited release whisky and allowed the public to participate in the release by offering to let you choose your own numbered bottle. As well you can have your bottle signed by their own Master Distiller and Whisky Maker, John Hall, when you arrive to pick up your pre-ordered bottles. These special release whiskies are built upon the foundation of the company’s flagship whisky, Forty Creek Barrel Select, and are basically versions of this whisky which have spent additional time finishing in selected oak barrels.

Forty Creek Evolution is the eighth annual special Limited Edition Release from Forty Creek Whisky. Most of the whiskies in this blended Canadian Whisky began their journey 12 years ago. These whiskies were aged in American White Oak for 3 years, then selected barrels were re-distilled in Forty Creek’s copper pot still to further concentrate their flavour. The resulting whisky was then re-barreled in French Oak casks that had previously held Kittling Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon, and then aged for an additional 9 years. As a final step John Hall selected some of his personally held barrels to blend into the final product.

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Forty Creek Evolution

“… I received a mild indication of sweet caramel and butterscotch which were playing with rye spices and a touch of menthol. When I gave the glass a little time to develop I began to notice some dry scents of freshly baled straw and the chaff reminiscent of the scents and smells of a fresh fall harvest when the newly harvested grain has still left its imprint in the air above the straw windrows …”

Please enjoy my review and enjoy the coming weekend which is shaping up to be a good one!

7 Responses to “Review: Forty Creek Evolution”

  1. I’ve only tried one Forty Creek but it stood out as being quite a decent dram. Would be interested in trying more when back in Canada this summer. Will completely avoid Glen Breton though – bought it curious about Canada’s “Single Malt”. First time I was ever embarrassed to be from Canada…. sigh… 😉

    • Glen Breton has improved considerable over the years. At first their whisky seemed to have a bit of a soapy taste which was off putting but some of the more recent releases I have tasted were much better.

      • Hmm…. I’m not sure I will risk this trip. Saving up my ‘import to India’ quota for stuff from the UK as we are stopping in London on the way back… However it is good to know. The first bottle I tried was, well, embarrassing rubbish.

  2. Peter said

    I thought it tasted like an 86 proof wine after a while. Drinkable but at $70 and considering Ninety is >$50, well…

    Great review as always

    • I love Forty Creek and the innovation they have brought to the Canadian Whisky category, so I am still looking forward to next year’s Special Edition.

      • Andrew said

        I agree with your disappointment in this years release, although I still think it is far better then last years edition (Heart of Gold). To me “Heart of Gold” was one of the worst drinks I have ever had. I tried it straight, on the rocks, and even mixed and I still could not enjoy it. To me it smells like urine and tastes like CC. Hopefully next years release will be more in-line with ones like Portwood Reserve or John’s Private Cask #1; now those were tasty.

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