Monday, August 24, 2009

Forty Creek Barrel Select

Wow. It has been a while, hasn't it? Let's not waste any time then!

Forty Creek Barrel Select
Canadian whisky
40% alc/vol

That's right, sports Scotch fans! Tonight's drop comes from north of the border, eh! This one has won several awards, so I thought I'd give it a try.

Canadian whisky's interesting: single malt Scotch whisky is made from malted barley, while blended Scotch is made from both barley and other grains like wheat or rye. Canadian whisky, however, is made largely from rye, along with barley and even some corn. It's definitely got a distinct flavor.

It's sweet. Heavy on the butterscotch. Sherry. The texture is very slightly creamy, but all full in the mouth. Great feel to it. A little spicy, too, like honey and ginger. It's super-smooth, with no water required.

A very enjoyable experience, this first foray into the world of Canadian whisky. They do know what they're doing! And it's not even expensive. Crazy.

1 comment:

N Hitchcock said...

I discovered this gem several years back, and now it's readily available throughout the U.S. 40 Creek's delicate sweetness avoids the rubbing alcohol aura you'll find with other Canadians (e.g. Wizer's). Let me know if you find a Canadian whiskey that tops the 40 Creek.