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  1. #11
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    Re: Forty Creek Canadian Whisky

    I've found that I like them both, quite a lot. The Three Grain is sweeter, while I notice a little more woodiness (and a touch of smoke) in the Barrel Select. Both remind me of good blended Scotches, and the price (in my neck of the woods) is unbeatable.

    They're almost too drinkable.

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    Re: Forty Creek Canadian Whisky

    You're completely right about the vanilla and caramel. The vanilla is more prominent in the nose together with slight fruit which I think is coming from the sherry casks. The caramel presents itself more in the finish.

    The finish is very smooth and that's where the caramel comes in. It's not a burnt caramel, but it's there.

    There's nothing bad you can say about this whiskey. In fact, for a Canadian style, it's probably the best I've tasted. But you can't compare it to scotch or bourbon.

    This has been on my 'I want to try this' list for a while, but with so many Bourbon's left to try, spending $20 on a Canadian just wasn't ranking high enough to actually buy. Then I found Ohio delisted Barrel Select. This is a mixed blessing because I bought it for $10.60, but barring a find I'll never see it in Ohio again ;-(

    This is a really good whisky. Yes, other comments say, this is not a blow my head open Bourbon (and I LIKE blow my head open Bourbons!!!) but it is a great drink, especially in these warm summer days. I agree with all the flavors expressed but I seem to be the only one who found apricots in there as well.

    I generally think of Canadians as mixers but this is a straight pour and most enjoyable.... I'll have to make my stash of it last

    Cheers,

    Ken

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    Re: Forty Creek Canadian Whisky

    To me it most comes to life as part of simple or complex blends. I've said earlier how a combination of about 2 parts Barrel Select, 1 part 3 Grain and 1 or 2 parts Royal Reserve (or use any basic Canadian rye, one not too aged) notably (in my opinion) improves all three drinks. I have some of this already made up and may bring a pint to Gazebo along with the items mentioned earlier so people can see how good this can be. What Dave is referring to as a "heavy" character is I think partly from being well-aged, I think Barrel Select is 12 years old or more possibly. I think this can happen when a lighter (relatively) spirit is well-aged in oak. 3 Grain is I think younger, or it seems so, and combining it with Barrel Select lightens the weight and makes the taste "brighter" - finally the high proof young Canadian whisky (Walker's Special Old is another choice for this one, despite the name) just smooths it all down. Oddly, I don't get much high proof effect in the result - that is the blending at work I think. In fact I think the Kittling Ridge whiskies are not super-high in proof (probably between 160-190) but I'm not sure. All three are good on their own when drunk on the rocks or mixed with soda water or pop (and probably were designed with that goal in mind) but taken neat I like to adjust the tastes to a more specific palate I am looking for. All these whiskies are amongst the least expensive you can buy in Canada today and it is quite surprising what complex blends you can make with 3 or even 2 such materials. I realise not everyone is interested to try this though.
    Gary

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    Re: Forty Creek Canadian Whisky

    Gary, it is so fun reading about the blends you come up with. Someday I may venture into that world. Right now I'm still trying to figure out what I taste in the bottle as made....

    As to Barrel Select, I had no idea it was that old. That is, I'm sure, one of the things I really like about it. I find 10-12 years is often my favorite age (exceptions abound, Old Protero is great at only three years).

    You mention cost, how much does Barrel Select sell for in Canada??

    Cheers,

    Ken

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    Re: Forty Creek Canadian Whisky

    Wow, I hadn't realized the whiskey had gotten that old, last time I had that was in 2001 when the whiskey was only 8...looks like I need to pick up a recent bootling and revisit

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    Re: Forty Creek Canadian Whisky

    Yes, I believe I was told at a tasting that the whiskes that go into the batch for this product are still aging and now about 12 years old. The palate of the whisky a few years ago seemed younger to me (both Barrel Select and Three Grain). Many people appreciate the extra age and it is a great value for those who do, in Canada anyway where these go for about $23 (CAN).

    Gary

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    Re: Forty Creek Canadian Whisky

    in Canada anyway where these go for about $23 (CAN).
    So exactly what these were listed as here (before Ohio dumped them) $19.

    I wonder how they decide what to keep and what to delist?? You have to believe it's sales volume...

    Cheers,

    Ken

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    I just tried some of the Barrel Select today. Very, very drinkable whiskey. LIke Maker's Mark, smooth, but with a distinct and sweet character. You can't ask anything more of a whiskey than that it tastes like little else. Good, good stuff, and as Ken above said, don't waste this as a mixer, get into it as a straight pour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cowdery
    The Barrel Select has a little bite while the Three Grain is candy-sweet.

    What do you think?
    Interesting. I find the Barrel Select to be over-caramalized and heavy on the Sherry, more so than the 3-Grain.

 

 

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