Forty Creek

Niagara Whisky

A relentless spirit

From the rush of Niagara Falls to the rolling hills that make up Canada's largest wine region, the Niagara peninsula has long attracted winemakers, brewers and distillers alike to put down roots in its fertile terroir.
Niagara is the home of innovators with a relentless spirit, who despite challenging winter conditions, work on their craft each year for a bountiful harvest. As Canada's first craft distillery, Forty Creek pays homage to its Niagara roots and hopes to give the region that offers so much, the recognition it deserves.

Canadian
Whisky

A Brief History of Canadian Whisky

From the very beginning, Canadian whisky producers were mavericks who took a non-conformist approach to the creation of their whisky. This playful sensibility continues to flavour the rich history of Canadian whisky today.
In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Canadian farmers made good use of any leftover corn or wheat in the mills. German and Dutch farmers brought the earthy, malty flavour of rye, which they added to their whisky mash to impart the spicy, fruity notes that are distinctive of Canadian rye whisky.
Compared to whisky production in other parts of the world, Canadian whisky has benefited from less rigid regulations. This freedom to play with the ingredient profile of mash bills, the variety of barrel types used for ageing (think oak or maple wood, or even barrels previously used to age wine, bourbon, rum, or sherry), as well as the master blending of perfectly finished whiskies is what sets Canadian whisky apart from other producers.

Whiskies
Around The World

Grains
Distillation
Barrels
Aging
Flavour

Canadian
Whisky

Any

American Blended
Whiskey

ANY

Bourbon
Whiskey

Must be 51%
corn

Scotch
Whisky

Must contain
malted barley

Scotch
Whisky

Must contain
malted grain

Canadian
Whisky

Max 95%
alcohol

American Blended
Whiskey

Max 95%
alcohol

Bourbon
Whiskey

Max 80%
alcohol

Scotch
Whisky

Max 94.8%
alcohol

Japanese
Whisky

Max 95%
alcohol

Canadian
Whisky

Small wood
<700L

American Blended
Whiskey

20% aged in new charred American White Oak

Bourbon
Whiskey

New charred American White Oak

Scotch
Whisky

Small wood
<700L

Japanese
Whisky

Small wood
<700L

Canadian
Whisky

Minimum 3
years

American Blended
Whiskey

20% aged for 2
years, remainder
can be unaged

Bourbon
Whiskey

Minimum
2 years

Scotch
Whisky

Minimum
3 years

Japanese
Whisky

Minimum
3 years

Canadian
Whisky

Yes, one up to
9.09%

American Blended
Whiskey

Yes, in the 80%
unaged portion

Bourbon
Whiskey

No

Scotch
Whisky

No

Japanese
Whisky

No Restriction

But then Bill Ashburn mused,

what if we...

Foraged our own botanicals

Forager
botanical
whisky

The world's first botanical Canadian whisky, The Forager is crafted by steeping a 4-year-old Candian whisky for 48 hours with wild botanicals foraged from the Candian wilderness and aged in virgin oak casks. The result of this unique alchemy is a botanical whisky and gin substitute noted for its medley of flavours including toffee, herbal tea, and a long peppery finish.
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We deliver our full range of whiskies direct to your door. *Ontario only.
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Niagara Whisky

Born in Niagara we are Canada's original craft whisky.
Niagara Whisky

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