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Forty Creek John's Private Cask No. 1 - SOLD OUT
Join John Hall, as he takes you through a private tasting of John's Private Cask No. 1.
Forty Creek John's Private Cask No. 1 Video

Notes from John Hall, Whisky Maker

Every year, I look forward to experimenting with different whiskies, a variety of barrels and new taste expressions.  Forty Creek Limited releases are my chance to continue to grow as a whisky maker and offer a new experience for those who enjoy Forty Creek. Each whisky has a taste profile of its own, yet remains characteristically true to the Forty Creek family.  So far, many of the Forty Creek limited releases have focused on the type of oak barrels that I have used to finish the ageing process. However, with Private Cask No. 1, I took a different approach.  The focus is on the grains – highlighting the taste of the varietal grains and showcasing the complexity of the aromas and tastes. This contributes to creating a harmony of flavours.

I am particularly excited about sharing my Forty Creek John’s Private Cask No. 1 as it offers a glimpse into the taste profile of some of my favourite whiskies. It is a blend of rye, corn & barley whiskies, which have all been copper pot distilled and aged as single grain whiskies.  You will taste the characteristic complexity and smoothness in the whisky.  The difference, however, is the barrels I have selected and the proportion of each variety grain that is included in the final meritage.

Thank you for your continued support.

John K. Hall
Whisky Maker

Tasting Notes

This is an extremely complex whisky with a multi-dimensional taste experience. First come notes of malted cereal accented with vanilla and cocoa. Next come hints of almond and coconut. This whisky is luxuriously creamy, yet balanced with spicy flares of pepper, cinnamon and ginger. Soft oak tannins and espresso notes come out on the finish.

Awards & Accolades

Gold Medal, Wizards of Whisky Awards 2014 - NEW
Gold Medal, Best Canadian Whisky - International Whisky Competition, 2012
Gold Medal, Beverage Testing Institute, 2012
Canadian Whisky of the Year, Canadian Whisky Awards, 2011
Connoisseur Whsiky of the Year - Best New Whisky, Canadian Whisky Awards, 2011
Connoisseur Whisky of the Year - Domestic Market, Canadian Whisky Awards, 2011
Gold Medal, Canadian Whisky Awards, 2011

"gingery spice bombs, dark fruits, clean sweet wood, and crème caramel. A spice “Monster.” Sultry fruits and dusky rye spices like fireworks in an ancient muggy rainforest."
          Rated 5 out of 5 Stars, Davin de Kergommeaux, August 2011

“In previous reviews for other Forty Creek Whiskies, I have indicated that I believed that John Hall was capable of greatness. Forty Creek John’s Private Cask No. 1 Whisky validates that belief. This is a whisky which grows and grows in the glass; however, the most pleasing aspect of the whisky is the name John has given it. Does not the very name imply that John Hall’s Private Cask No. 2 is in the works? I hope so.”
          The Rum Howler, Chip Dykstra
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