The Straight Story.

Welcome to Forty Creek

In 1992 our Founder, John Hall, and Master Blender, Bill Ashburn, joined forces to carve out a bold new path for Canadian whisky. A relentless challenge that took eight years to plan, perfect, and produce.

In early 2000, Canada had its first taste of Forty Creek Whisky. From day one, there was no denying that Forty Creek was a force destined to change the Canadian whisky landscape.

Forty Creek’s reputation quickly grew with the support of whisky enthusiasts who appreciated our approach to craftsmanship, year over year delivery of ground-breaking innovations and our consistently smooth depth of flavour that pushed the boundaries expected of Canadian whisky. Today—Forty Creek is one of the most awarded Canadian whisky brands of the last twenty years—recognized by esteemed whisky connoisseurs and critics on both the domestic and international whisky award stage 

Forty Creek’s accolades over the past 10 years include awards and recognition from the New York International Spirits Competition, Canadian Whisky Awards and Whisky Advocate Magazine. We’ve been awarded the prestigious title of Whisky of the Decade and Bill Ashburn’s unwavering dedication, talent and experience have not gone unnoticed.  At the 2020 New York International Spirits Competition, Bill was awarded, Canada Master Whisky Blender of the Year and Forty Creek was named, Canada Whisky Distillery of the Year.

At the Forty Creek Distillery we are proud of our humble Niagara roots and our unwavering dedication to award-winning whiskies our fans love. From our family to yours, we invite you to experience the phenomenon that is, Forty Creek.    

John Hall

2020 “Whisky Maker of the Decade” – Canadian Whisky Awards
2017 First ever “Lifetime Achievement Award” – Canadian Whisky Awards
2007 “Pioneer of the Year” – Malt Advocate Magazine *first and only Canadian Whisky Maker to receive this award

Bill Ashburn

2020 “Canada Master Blender of the Year” – New York International Spirits Competition
2020 “Canada Distillery of the Year” – New York International Spirits Competition
2020 “Whisky of the Decade” – Confederation Oak Reserve – Canadian Whisky Awards
2019 “Canadian Whisky of the Year” – 22yo Rye – Canadian Whisky Awards

Honours, accolades & awards

Barrel Select / 2020 Gold Medal / New York International Spirits Competition
Barrel Select / 2020 Silver Medal / Canadian Whisky Awards
Barrel Select / 2019 Silver Medal / Canadian Whisky Awards
Barrel Select / 2018 Bronze Medal / Canadian Whisky Awards
Barrel Select / 2017 Gold Medal for “Best Buy” / Beverage Tasting Institute

Copper Pot Reserve / 2020 Bronze Medal / Canadian Whisky Awards
Copper Pot Reserve / 2019 Bronze Medal / Canadian Whisky Awards
Copper Pot Reserve / 2018 Bronze Medal / Canadian Whisky Awards
Copper Pot Reserve / 2017 Silver Medal / Canadian Whisky Awards

Spike / 2020 Bronze Medal / Canadian Whisky Awards
Spike / 2019 Bronze Medal / Canadian Whisky Awards
Spike / 2018 Bronze Medal / Canadian Whisky Awards
Spike / 2017 Bronze Medal / Canadian Whisky Awards

Forty Creek Cream / 2020 Gold Medal / Canadian Whisky Awards
Forty Creek Cream / 2019 Silver Medal / Canadian Whisky Awards
Forty Creek Cream / 2018 Gold Medal / Canadian Whisky Awards
Forty Creek Cream / 2017 Gold Medal / Flavoured Whisky Of The Year, Canadian Whisky Awards

Double Barrel Reserve / 2020 Silver Medal / Canadian Whisky Awards
Double Barrel Reserve / 2019 Silver Medal / Canadian Whisky Awards
Double Barrel Reserve / 2018 Bronze Medal / Canadian Whisky Awards
Double Barrel Reserve / 2017 Gold Medal / Beverage Tasting institute

Three Grain 20th Anniversary Edition / 2020 92 Points / Whisky Advocate Magazine

Confederation Oak Reserve / 2020 Whisky of the Decade / Canadian Whisky Awards
Confederation Oak Reserve / 2020 Silver Medal / Canadian Whisky Awards
Confederation Oak Reserve / 2019 Silver Medal / Canadian Whisky Awards
Confederation Oak Reserve / 2018 Silver Medal / Canadian Whisky Awards
Confederation Oak Reserve / 2017 Silver Medal / Canadian Whisky Awards

Resolve / 2020 90 Points / Whisky Advocate Magazine

The Forager Botanical Whisky / 2020 89 Points / Whisky Advocate Magazine

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