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.  Forty Creek emerged with its first whisky in 2000 that changed the game through a renewed attention to craftmanship and innovation which pushed the boundaries of what was possible, with unwavering determination to deliver whiskies with a smooth depth of flavour above all else.

Over the following years, Forty Creek became a grassroots phenomenon as it remained committed to challenging convention as one fan after another shared their love of the ever-growing library of ground-breaking and award-winning whiskies.  To this day, Forty Creek whiskies continue to delight and satisfy enthusiasts and critics alike, bringing home major awards at competitions on both the domestic and international stage.

After recently being recognized as “Canada Master Blender of the Year” (2020 New York International Spirits Competition) Bill Ashburn continues to charm the world with exceptional Canadian Whiskies year after year.  From the humble region of Niagara and 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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