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2019 Rum Howler Favourite 20 Canadian Whiskies: #12 – Forty Creek Double Barrel Reserve

Posted by Arctic Wolf on December 11, 2019

Forty Creek Double Barrel Reserve was launched in the fall of 2008. The whisky was a more premium version of the companies flagship Forty Creek Whisky except that for the Double Barrel Reserve one more step was taken in the maturation process with the final blend set down in first run bourbon barrels for a final period of aging. The release was very successful, and Forty Creek soon made this whisky part of their permanent family.

When the Double Barrel Reserve was first launched I bought a half case and I still have three of those original bottles from the first batch intact as well as one which is opened. I have had occasion to sample bottles from later batches, and to be honest, usually they are a little better than the whisky from the original batch. However, there is something about that first batch which always feels special. It is a treat I enjoy when I indulge myself in a small glass of my diminishing supply.

Here is a link to my most recent review of the Double Barrel:

Review: Forty Creek Double Barrel Reserve Canadian Whisky (Lot 263)

“… The flavour includes maple and corn carried by rye spice, firm oak tannins, tobacco and wood spices which dry the mouth. Honeycomb, orange peel spice, and marzipan also seem to bobble within the oakiness adding complexity to each spirit …”

Chimo!

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