Forty Creek John's Private Cask No. 1
Forty Creek // Ontario, Canada
John’s Private Cask No. 1 was Forty Creek’s 2011 special release. This whisky marked the first time John Hall focused on accenting the flavor of the grains rather than the type of oak barrel used to finish the ageing process. It contains a blend of rye, corn and barley whiskies that were copper pot-distilled and aged as single-grain whiskies. When you walk through Forty Creek’s barrel room you will notice barrels marked with chalk. These are the honey barrels that John has set aside for his reserve stock. And in 2011, twenty three of them had grain-flavor profiles ripe for picking. 9000 bottles were made.
CanadianDISTILLED IN CANADA AND AGED IN BARRELS FOR AT LEAST THREE YEARS; OFTEN (BUT NOT ALWAYS) CANADIAN WHISKIES ARE BLENDS OF CORN, BARLEY, AND RYE WHISKIES WHICH WERE DISTILLED AND MATURED SEPARATELY. TRADITIONALLY, CANADIAN WHISKEY IS CALLED “RYE”, ALTHOUGH NO MINIMUM PERCENTAGE OF RYE-GRAIN WHISKY IS REQUIRED IN A BLEND.
Cask Typetoasted oak
"The nose is bursting with fragrant woods, citrus, brown sugar, vanilla, and figs. Avoid the temptation to splash a couple of drops behind the ears. In the mouth, hot ginger and solar spice flares start immediately, strong enough to disrupt cell phone reception. They don’t end, rather they build with each sip. The finish is long and loud where the spices smash guitars then kick over the drum kit. Don't spend too long reflecting on the fact that you may have cracked the seal on a collector’s item. Regret nothing."