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John Hall, Whisky Maker
They say if you find a job you love, you will never work a day in your life. This blessing has graced John Hall, owner of Forty Creek Distillery and maker of Forty Creek Whisky. With over 40 years in the beverage alcohol industry, John finds every moment an exciting taste adventure.

For the first two decades, John won wide recognition in the Niagara wine industry as a winemaker and industry leader. But after 22 years, he was ready to embrace a new challenge and explore the craft of distilling spirits.

In 1992 he started his Distillery in Grimsby. His passion was to make hand - crafted Ontario made spirits. Little did he know, 18 years later, his passion and patience would translate into top selling spirit brands.

John Hall has brought new life to the Canadian Whisky category. His Forty Creek Whisky has become the fastest growing whisky in North America. It is the first successfully launched Canadian Whisky brand in over 70 years.

His passion for whisky making has garnered him double gold and gold medals at numerous international tasting competitions, rating his whiskies the #1 best tasting Canadian whiskies. In 2007, Hall was recognized by Malt Advocate Magazine as “Pioneer of the Year”, and was the first and only Canadian whisky maker to receive such a prestigious award. The following year in 2008, Whisky Magazine voted his facility “Distillery of the Year” and voted John “Ambassador of the Year” in their Icons of Whisky Competition. Again, he was the first and only Canadian whisky maker to receive such an award.

Jim Murray declared in the 2008 edition of Murray’s Whisky Bible, “Of all the world’s distillers, there are few I hold in higher esteem than John Hall.”

As a first generation whisky maker John candidly admits he is not so much bound by tradition as he is inspired by it.
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“Of all the world’s distillers, there are few I hold in higher esteem than John Hall.”
          Jim Murray, Whisky Writer

"John's whisky is made with passion and sensitivity. He is making brave New World Whiskies that are cutting edge”.           David Broom, Whisky Writer

"The most revoluntionary whisky in Canada may well be Forty Creek. John Hall has brought a handcrafted sensibility to whisky and in doing so has broken the barriers of whisky. Forty Creek is a delightful whisky with international, timeless appeal”
          Michael Jackson, Whisky Writer

"John Hall is probably the most innovative whisky maker I have ever met.”
          John Hansell, Malt Advocate Magazine names John Hall
          2007 Pioneer of the Year


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