Two of this year’s most noteworthy releases come from Forty Creek, but they’re both in limited supply.
Between a slew of new releases and the arrival of the first-ever comprehensive book that doubles as both a guide to and history of Canadian whisky, it looks as if the stars are finally aligned for a whisky revival.
Two of this year’s most noteworthy releases come from Forty Creek, which made whisky history back in 1992 by reviving traditional distillation methods. And if you want to know a whole lot more about this, we suggest you pick up Davin De Kergommeaux’s Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert, which expertly backgrounds Forty Creek, as well as the history of the industry and basic distillation methods. This book is certain to become a staple in every whisky collector’s library.
We’re also sure De Kergommeaux would agree with us that the new Forty Creek offerings are phenomenal. The Copper Pot Reserve is a really balanced and refined whisky that you would be proud to take home to meet your mother. Smooth for sipping and would stand up almost as well as bourbon in a sour. Lovely.
Too bad it’s slightly overshadowed by the devastatingly good Port Wood Reserve. This is actually the Port Wood’s second time around, back by popular demand after receiving rave reviews on its first appearance. It’s a bronze-toned, toffee-tobacco treat, which would totally work as a post-turkey libation this weekend. Celebrate the harvest and be thankful for Canadian whisky. We certainly are and, as bourbon lovers, we never thought we’d be saying that.
The Copper Pot is already here and the Port Wood is trickling into stores starting tomorrow. Limited quantities, so hoard while you can.
Forty Creek Copper Pot Reserve, LCBO 285254, $28.45.
Forty Creek Port Wood Reserve, LCBO 139154, $69.95.