THE CANADIAN WHISKY TRADITION GOT ITS START DURING THE 1800S, WHEN OVER 200 INDIVIDUAL WHISKY MAKERS DISTILLED THEIR OWN, HOME-GROWN PRODUCTS.
These first whiskies were typically made with a high percentage of corn as a base, mixed with rye and barley. As distilling traditions developed over the years, the standard mild, smooth-tasting Canadian whisky formula became popular across the continent – especially during Prohibition in the United States, and in the 1950s and 60s. The public’s tastes waned and veered towards white spirits and wine during the 70s and 80s, leading to a period of stagnation in Canadian whiskies. By the 1990s, the Canadian whisky industry had consolidated greatly, with only a few large distilleries making the majority of whiskies each year.
It was during this time, in 1992, that John K. Hall, a winemaker with over four decades of experience in the industry, dared to follow his dreams of becoming a world-class whisky-maker and laid down the first stocks of Forty Creek in Grimsby, Ontario.
John's passion for whisky making has garnered him double gold and gold medals at numerous international tasting competitions, rating his whiskies the #1 best tasting Canadian whiskies. In 2007, Hall was recognized by Malt Advocate Magazine as “Pioneer of the Year”, and was the first and only Canadian whisky maker to receive such a prestigious award. In 2017, John was honoured with the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Whisky Awards.
The first sip of this year’s special release whisky begins with fruit for sure, along with peppery, gingery spices, all laid over a framework of old lumber and grainy breakfast cereal.
Nose: Mild fruit, hints of red wine and sweet sultanas, pear cider, maple sugar and hints of oak,
Palate: Bold with butterscotch on the first sip, becoming quite complex with fruit drops, tingling spices, candied baking fruits, plush creamy barley sugar sweetness and a late hint of red apples. Peppery heat slowly develops into glowing warmth on later sips, with dried fruit leather and dry unsweetened breakfast cereal in the background. The mouthfeel moves from creamy to syrupy then tingly spicy before finishing in slightly pulling pithiness with hints of weathered wood.
Finish: Medium finish with barrel notes, some fruitiness, darkest chocolate suggestions and a brisk peppery glow.
With just 6,500 bottles available at the distillery and select liquor stores across Canada in September, be on the lookout. Resolve is a keeper.
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