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Forty Creek Double Barrel Reserve
Notes from John Hall, Whisky Maker

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to purchase some outstanding bourbon barrels from Kentucky. These barrels are excellent for ageing whiskies because they are “seasoned”. This means most of the fresh harsh oak tannins have been removed and what remains is all the good stuff, such as the softer oak tannins, wood vanillas, sugars and the toasty, smokey, spicy aromas, as well as the caramelized flavours from the heavy charring of the inside of the barrel.

After ageing my rye, barley and corn whiskies in their own special barrels, I decided to bring them together as a meritage, and placed the three whiskies into the bourbon barrels. This double barreling allowed the whiskies to hang out together and take on the subtle qualities offered by the bourbon barrels to enhance the finishing of the whisky.

Tasting Notes

Forty Creek Double Barrel has a wonderful golden roasted aroma filled with deep vanilla notes and highlighted with toasted spice, pecan and walnuts. There is a caramelized creaminess to the flavour with a rich spice that lifts it off the tongue. The finish is very smooth, mellow and extra long.

Awards & Accolades

Gold Medal, Beverage Testing Institute, 2014 - NEW
Gold Medal, Wizards of Whisky Awards 2014 - NEW
Silver Medal, San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2013 - NEW
Best Wood Expression, Gold,International Whisky Competition 2013, Chicago
Gold Medal, Beverage Testing Institute, 2013
Silver Medal, Wizards of Whisky, 2012
Gold Medal, Beverage Testing Institute, 2012
Gold Medal, Beverage Testing Institute, 2011
Gold Medal, Beverage Testing Institute, 2010
Gold Medal, Malt Advocate Magazine, 2010
Gold Medal Beverage Testing Institute, 2010
90 Outstanding / Distinctive Malt Advocate Magazine, 2010
Gold Medal, Beverage Testing Institute, 2009


"Bright amber colour, Aromas of caramelized almond, polished wood, pickling spice, leather and chocolate covered banana bread with a dry yet fruity medium body and a smooth and balanced, tobacco and peppery spice accented finish.”

          Rated 93 Points (Exceptional)  International Review of Spirits, 2011
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