The Forty Creek Barrel Select Whisky Distillery is based in Ontario, Canada. This Canadian whisky is a smooth, sipping whisky which is flavorful and not harsh on the palate. It has won numerous awards and accolades based on the tasting experience of judges who look at distinct characteristics in the nose, finish and palate of a particular whisky.
The Forty Creek Barrel Select Whisky barrels are premium selected and charred to the distiller’s own preference. The degree and time period the barrels are charred is vital to the whisky making process which enables the development of exceptional whisky in the barrels. The excellent flavor or palate of this whisky demonstrates the expertise of the distiller and the blender who created this expression. If you are a fan of Crown Royal whiskies then you would probably want to give Forty Creek Barrel Select whisky a try.
I know that Canadian whiskies sometimes gets a bad rap from some whisky drinkers due some whiskies being blended. However, if you just starting to drink whiskies due to having friends who supposedly “know” whiskies from around the world then a blended whisk(e)y is a good place to start; therefore, you should give Forty Creek Barrel Select whisky a try and the price point is around $25.00. Most of the major countries that distill whiskies more than lightly have some blended whiskies in their product listing. I still believe that new whisk(e)y drinkers should taste the whisk(e)y on it’s own or “neat” and then look at adding spring water, mixing water, or ice. I also would recommend whisk(e)y based cocktails as a way to learn about the different whiskies and their flavors.
Cigar pairing suggestions: Mild, mild to medium or even medium bodied cigar.
Food pairing: Milk chocolate, light, creamy cheeses such as brie and cheddar.
The tasting notes will vary from person to person but in time and with increased tasting periods you will be able to discern additional descriptions for Forty Creek Barrel Select Whisky. A good rule of thumb is to realize that not all tasting notes are created equal and not everyone has the same or equal taste buds and olfactory (smell) senses.
Nose: Smooth and slight to medium sweet or toffee like aroma. Light peppery scent slowly comes to the surface; with water, the fruity apricot is revealed.
Palate: Mild and medium fruity taste. Spicy with slight peppery bite on the tongue. Pleasant and easy to sip, no bite on the back of the throat; with water, very mild and balanced between sweetness and peppery flavor.
Finish: Light and crisp, smooth with short lingering sweetness on the tongue.
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