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Friday, December 11, 2009

Forty Creek Barrel Select Review


I once again decided to try something that it is not beer and the Canadian whisky Forty Creek found its way into a glass on my desk. This is not a premium whisky so a 750 mL bottle costs only $24.45 CAD.

Unlike Centennial 10 Year Old, the last whisky that I reviewed, Forty Creek has an attractive deep golden/amber color. The aroma is very alcoholic and a bit overwhelming, but I was able to detect some distant sweet hints of toffee. A few drops of water helped bring out the sweet aroma, but the alcohol scent was still very strong. The whisky has a thick and oily mouth-feel. The taste is similar to the aroma with toffee and vanilla being responsible for the flavour. The finish is floral and warm. One thing I should note is the smoothness. There is still some roughness, but overall this is a fairly smooth whisky for the price.

Are you willing to spend an extra $8 for a bottle of whisky? If you are, I strongly suggest you try Century Reserve 15 Years Old, which retails for only $32.80 CAD. It offers a lot more character, but does not cost as much as the premium spirits.

Scores:
Cost - $24.45 CAD for a 750 mL bottle
Taste - 7.2/10

Overall - 7.2/10...great affordable whisky with some character

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