Forty Creek Double Barrel Reserve
Distillery: Forty Creek Distillery, Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Nose: Oak wood, rye, floral, tropical fruits.
Palate: Creamy vanilla, toffee, rye, coconut, fruit, berries.
Notes: 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.