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Forty Creek - Unity

86.77 / 100

Fruity & Spicy Flavours

Visual: 4.45 /5  •  Aroma: 21.68 /25  •  Taste: 35.18 /40   •  Finish: 25.25 /30

Dram Code: E55

Producer: Forty Creek

Bottler: Official Bottling

Type: Canadian Style Whisky

Cask: Unknown

Age: Not Stated

Country: Canada

Region: Other

Chill Filtered: No

Added Colour: No

ABV: 43%

Cask Strength: No

Release: Limited Edition

Price: $84.26 (at time of review)

Dram Code: E55

Producer: Forty Creek

Bottler: Official Bottling

Type: Canadian Style Whisky

Cask Type: Unknown

Age: Not Stated

Country: Canada

Region: Other

ABV: 43%

Cask Strength: No

Chill Filtered: No

Added Colour: No

Release: Limited Edition

Price: $84.26 (at time of review)

About This Canadian Style Whisky

About This Dram

As you probably know by now, we’re in the middle of our three-month-long celebration of blending. Having tried a single malt that blends many casks together with the Octomore 08.2, and then Douglas Laing’s “With a Twist”, a special blend of malts from every region in Scotland – it’s time to try something a little closer to home. It is launching the day before Canada after all!

Traditional Canadian whisky is all about blending, and here in Canada we do things a little different from the Scots or even the Americans. Canadian whisky is typically a mix of several grains, which are distilled separately and then blended together afterwards. Usually, the base whisky is a corn distillate and then other “flavouring whiskies” are added to create a harmonious profile, usually rye, wheat and barley. In this case, those flavouring whiskies were chosen by five lucky Forty Creek fans, under the watchful eye of master blender  Bill Ashburn. This custom blend of flavouring whiskies was vatted together in “high mocha stave” casks for a while before being carefully blended with a 10-year-old corn base.

There’s one other trick that Canadian whisky has up its sleeves however – the 9.09% rule. This rule allows, blenders to add up to 9.09% (up to an eleventh) “non-whisky” to your whisky and still call it whisky. Now before we get too outraged with this obscure rule – there are restrictions. The additive must be “… any spirit or wine, domestic or imported…”, plus if it’s a spirit, it must be aged in oak for at least two years. So definitely no adding of neutral grain spirit (I’m looking at you America and India…). In this case, we have a wine added to the Forty Creek Unity. However, not just any wine – but a 15-year-old port-style wine. That should add an interesting dimension!

 

Tasting Notes

Earthy, spiced caramel on the nose. Almost like a herbal remedy that’s been infused into candy to trick a kid into eating it. Smells great, though – I’d be tricked for sure!

The palate revealed the port’s influence right away with a blackcurrant jam flavour – or maybe more like welches grape juice. There’s a touch of apples and plentiful rye spice. A little drier than the nose would suggest, but still on the sweeter side. The caramel became creamy, and more like fudge.

By Adam Bradshaw on June 30, 2019

Score & flavour profile voted on by members who sampled the whisky

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Score

Whiskies are rated by our members on the visuals (out of 5), aroma (out of 25), taste (out of 40), & finish (out of 30). With a total score out of 100.

Based on how scoring occurred for our early reviews, the following guide is given to members –

0-60 awful • 60-70 bad • 70-80 okay • 80-85 good • 85-90 great • 90-95 awesome • 95+ amazing

The individual scores are collected, and outliers are removed via the “agreeable group” statistical method to reduce bias and taste preferences (ie, people who score a peated whisky lowly because they don’t like peat). This gives us a better idea of the overall quality of the whisky in the eyes of our members.

 

Flavour Profile

Along with scoring the whisky, members are invited to choose up to three of the below flavour profiles which they think match the whisky. The profile that is most commonly chosen is then the official flavour profile for the dram.

fresh & floral
eg – blossoms, cut grass, apples, pears

fruity & spicy
eg – peach, vanilla, coconut, nutmeg

malty & dry
eg – breakfast cereal, nuts, cookies

rich & round
eg – raisins, figs, oak tannins, dates

smoky & earthy
eg – wood smoke, bacon, iodine

 

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