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2019 Rum Howler Favourite 20 Canadian Whiskies: #2- Forty Creek Special Release Limited Edition Whiskies 

Posted by Arctic Wolf on December 21, 2019

Forty Creek Founder John Hall

When I began to review spirits in general, and Rum and Canada Whisky in particular, some of the most exciting spirits to taste and review were the whiskies from the Forty Creek Distillery. This was because prior to 2007 the major distilleries which produced almost all the whisky bottled in Canada had very little real competition, and innovation was not a high priority (or at least from my point of view it did not appear so).

John Hall was the genesis of change.  He opened the Kittling Ridge Winery & Distillery in 1992.  The distillery portion (which would become the Forty Creek Distillery) was the first major distillery to be built in Canada since 1974. and once it was producing whisky, John Hall’s impact on the landscape of Canadian Whisky was profound. And, the release in 2007 of Forty Creek’s first Special Release Limited Edition Whisky made this clear.


These Limited Edition whiskies became an annual affair. Each one gave the Whisky consumer in Canada a new twist on the Canadian spirit, and, since 2008, I have bought a few bottles of each annual release. My growing collection is a source of great enjoyment, and I look forward with anticipation to each year’s Special Release.

Here are some links to a few of my reviews for some of my favourite Forty Creek Limited Edition Special Releases:






One Response to “2019 Rum Howler Favourite 20 Canadian Whiskies: #2- Forty Creek Special Release Limited Edition Whiskies ”

  1. Tom Fahey said


    I could not agree more! I have been a Forty Creek fan since 2005. I started helping at the bar at our local community theatre then, and we replaced the standard Canadian whisky offering of CC or CR to patrons with Forty Creek Barrel Select. This was improved when the Copper Pot Reserve was released. Personally, I as you, have awaited with great anticipation for each annual special release. I have been collecting the annual releases since 2007. I have also been to the distillery a few times every year, as i am luck to live within an hour’s drive from the distillery.

    John Hall’s contribution to Canadian whisky is his innovation and foresight in producing not for the current year, but 8, 10, 12 years out into the future.


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