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A history of
Excellence

Previous Years' Limited Releases

Discover the rich tapestry of Forty Creek's history through our limited release whiskies. Delve into the exclusive world of our past offerings, each bottle a testament to craftsmanship, innovation, and the artistry of whisky-making. Explore the stories behind these rare releases, showcasing the unique flavours and techniques that have defined Forty Creek over the years.
2022

Art of the Blend

Our Master Blender Bill Ashburn celebrates 35 years of imagination and craft with this extraordinary limited creation. Art of the Blend tells his story, first the making of wine, then the art of whisky blending.
Ashburn’s creation is our iconic Niagara whisky infused with grapes harvested in the darkest hours of winter. A stunning expression of whisky mastery and experimentation, it is a sensational journey that never ends.

APPEARANCE:

Warm, golden colour

AROMAS:

Fruit-forward on the nose

FLAVOUR:

It takes the senses on a journey to reveal brown sugar, toffee and oak notes, evolving into complex spices and hints of stone fruit

FINISH:

A soft, harmonious finish

PROOF:

45%

SERVE:

A fine sipping whisky
2000

Barrel Select is born

Our most awarded whisky, Barrel Select was first tasted in Canada. A blend of grain whiskies aged in a mix of seasoned ex-Bourbon barrels and new American White Oak. This bold and flavourful whisky changed the game of Canadian whisky.

2021

Master’s Cut

We proudly introduce the FIRST EVER cask strength whisky from Forty Creek.
This 5-year-old pot-distilled whisky is rich, distinct, and unapologetically bold. Bottled straight from the barrel at 48.5%, it delivers a full flavour with our signature Forty Creek smooth finish.

AROMAS:

Candied fruit with floral top notes

FLAVOUR:

Spicy with vanilla and wood notes

FINISH:

Signature Forty Creek smooth finish

PROOF:

48.5%
2020

Resolve Lot 14

This limited release premium whisky is a tribute to Master Blender Bill Ashburn’s dedication and resolve to create some of the most awarded Canadian whiskies over the past 20 years. This smooth and complex whisky has an elevated spice profile rounded out with a drop of vintage Villard Noir Port.

APPEARANCE:

Clear, medium intensity, beautiful warm, light copper almost rose like, medium plus viscosity

AROMAS:

Medium intensity and warm on the nose. Slightly astringent. Grain, straw, flint, ripe pineapple, hints of lemon, cedar, orange and green apple

FLAVOUR:

A weighty mouthfeel with cereal and barley sugar sweetness of candied fruit. Peppery with restrained but increasing heat, hints of grape skins., Butterscotch first sip, and quite complex flavours reminiscent of a long-matured Christmas cake

FINISH:

Well-rounded with a medium finish. Lingering acidity and long peppery finish. Musk, dried fruit and oak on the empty glass

PROOF:

43%
2020

20th Anniversary Three Grain Edition

This very special Forty Creek Whisky is limited to just 9,200 bottles. For years fans have been asking us to re-release our original Three Grain Whisky. It seemed only fitting that on our 20th Anniversary we should bring back this special Limited Release one last time.

APPEARANCE:

Clear, medium intensity. Light viscosity, rich amber, dark orange hue

AROMAS:

Oak and grain. Warm baking spices, ripe berries, stonefruit, hints of peach and fruitcake

FLAVOUR:

Initial sweetness that dries quickly. Medium weight. Grassy and barley forward notes. Green pepper, white pepper, almonds and nutmeg. Mild barrel spices. Full flavoured, dry leathery mouthfeel.

FINISH:

Well-rounded with an exceptionally dry grainy and nutty finish

PROOF:

40%
2019

Victory Lot 13

High vanilla wood treatment, port finished

2018

22 Year Old Rye Lot 2018

Bill Ashburn’s Magnum Opus 100% rye

2018

Unity Lot 12

High mocha wood treatment, port finished

2017

Heritage Lot 11

Toasted oak finish

2016

Founder’s Reserve Lot 104

For our 10th annual limited edition, we introduced a special and rare whisky to pay tribute to our founder, John K. Hall. After 10 years of special editions, Founder’s Reserve was a truly fitting way to pay tribute to his legacy

APPEARANCE:

Deep amber

AROMAS:

Rich aromas of apricot & orange

FLAVOUR:

Bold flavours of exotic spice

FINISH:

Long, dry finish

PROOF:

45%
2015

Three Grain Harmony Lot 2015

For our 9th annual limited release in 2015, we turned back the clock to revive an original taste expression –the award winning release from almost twenty years ago, Three Grain Whisky. The 2015 expression, however, was bolder and richer, bottled at 43% alc./vol

APPEARANCE:

Deep amber

AROMAS:

Vanilla, toffee and orange blossom with underlying spice notes

FLAVOUR:

Delicate soft flavours of exotic spices

FINISH:

Long, dry finish

PROOF:

43%
2014

Evolution Lot 2014

As our 8th limited release, Forty Creek Evolution literally marked an evolution of both our whiskies and our skills as whisky makers. The 2014 release offered a glimpse into our journey as a company -a journey of discovery and progression. Half of the whisky was aged for 5 years in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels.

APPEARANCE:

Deep copper with silver rim

AROMAS:

Fig, dates, anise, blackberry, black currants, and bell peppers evolve into deep forest notes, cinnamon spice flares, cloves, nutmeg, chestnut and tobacco

FLAVOUR:

Wonderful hints of vanilla, sweet clover and butter, evolving milk chocolate, soft toasted oak, peach and apricot

FINISH:

Slow soothing nutty flavour

PROOF:

43%
2013

Heart of Gold 2013 Lot 1972

Selected 5 year old whisky blended with a small portion of Gewurztraminer Brandy that was produced in house.

2012

Port Wood Reserve Lot 61

Our Port Wood Reserve was released twice –in 2009 and 2012 –as a result of incredible demand for the liquid. The varietal whiskies were aged separately, and once completed, brought together for further rounding out. The resulting whisky was finished in vintage port wood barrels for another two years prior to bottling.

APPEARANCE:

Rich copper and gold with red flashes

AROMAS:

Ever evolving with concentrated, complex aromas. Dried fruit aromas of orange, black cherry, raisin, fig and date. Intense, yet delicate aromas of vanilla, ginger, cereal malt, and exotic spice

FLAVOUR:

Full-bodies and smooth, with a fruity oak finish which is nicely framed by fiery cinnamon, chocolate, tobacco, and smoke, and balanced with sweet toffee & honey

FINISH:

Long, lingering and ultra smooth

PROOF:

45%
2011

John’s Private Cask Lot 2011

For our 5th limited release in 2011, we took a different approach. We focused in on the grain –highlighting the taste of the varietal grains and showcasing the complexity of the aromas and tastes. The result was an unparalleled harmony of flavours.

APPEARANCE:

Deep copper

AROMAS:

Notes of malted cereal accented with vanilla and cocoa. There are hints of almond and coconut that follow. Soft oak tannins and espresso notes appear on the finish

FLAVOUR:

Luxuriously creamy, yet balanced with spicy flares of pepper, cinnamon and ginger

FINISH:

Very long, spicy and refreshingly citric with lots of ginger and grapefruit pith

PROOF:

40%
2010

Confederation Oak Reserve Lot 1867

Canadian Oak barrel secondary aging

2009

Port Wood Reserve

Our Port Wood Reserve was released twice –in 2009 and 2012 –as a result of incredible demand for the liquid. The varietal whiskies were aged separately, and once completed, brought together for further rounding out. The resulting whisky was finished in vintage port wood barrels for another two years prior to bottling.

APPEARANCE:

Rich copper and gold with red flashes

AROMAS:

Ever evolving with concentrated, complex aromas. Dried fruit aromas of orange, black cherry, raisin, fig and date. Intense, yet delicate aromas of vanilla, ginger, cereal malt, and exotic spice

FLAVOUR:

Full-bodies and smooth, with a fruity oak finish which is nicely framed by fiery cinnamon, chocolate, tobacco, and smoke, and balanced with sweet toffee & honey

FINISH:

Long, lingering and ultra smooth

PROOF:

45%
2008

Double Barrel Reserve Lot 240

First fill bourbon barrel secondary aging

2007

Small Batch Reserve

Small Batch Reserve

Honouring the past.

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