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    Forty Creek Barrel Reserve

    Anyone else here like the standard Forty Creek? I have had a couple of half-pints (plastic bottle oddly enough) and it found it very tasty, especially for only 80 proof.

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    Re: Forty Creek Barrel Reserve

    Yes, Forty Creek is a very favorable expression of the Canadian style.

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    Re: Forty Creek Barrel Reserve

    Cheap enough not to feel bad using it as a mixer yet good enough to do fine on its own,although a bit sweet for my tastes.Pretty good in a Manhattan with equal part sweet and dry vermouth and a touch more on the bitters side as well.Summertime I usually keep this around for guests which I serve with ginger ale and a cherry garnish light and sweet.
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    Re: Forty Creek Barrel Reserve

    I meant to say flavorful, our brief fling with Spring weather caused enough stuff to bloom to fill our neighborhood with pollen which has caused my head to be stuffed up.

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    Re: Forty Creek Barrel Reserve

    I think Chuck C has written about what which Forty Creek bottlings have a grain whisky component and which may not.

    To me, all Forty Creek products, even Copper Pot, taste like there is grain whisky in the blend. I could be wrong though.

    Gary

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    Re: Forty Creek Barrel Reserve

    I understand one of Mr. Hall's component whiskys is 100% corn which of course may be called a grain whisky.

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    Re: Forty Creek Barrel Reserve

    Having my first pour on the rocks this evening. I really like it. It has a nice vanilla sweetness and a little flirt with sherry. Really easy going down on the rocks due to the 80 proof. Going to try a Manhattan next.

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    Re: Forty Creek Barrel Reserve

    A real sleeper here, if this bottle wore a Scotch label it would cost 3 times as much.

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    Re: Forty Creek Barrel Reserve

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    A real sleeper here, if this bottle wore a Scotch label it would cost 3 times as much.
    As a relatively young NAS whisky, if it were made from 100% malted barley and wore a Scotch label I might pay $78 (3x the price of the Barrel Select), but NOT $180 (3x the price of the Double Barrel Reserve).

    Obviously, the prices you're paying in the USA are lower than what's inflicted on us (in the same province where 40Creek is produced, no less ) but IMO the Barrel Select is priced just right at $26 (better quality at same price as other bottom shelf Canadian whiskies), but the DBR is way overpriced at $60 - so much so, that every two months the local monopoly puts in on "sale" at $5 off.
    Last edited by portwood; 05-09-2013 at 06:20.

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    Re: Forty Creek Barrel Reserve

    Barrel Select sells for about $20 around here which says more about our local market than anything else.

 

 

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