Forty Creek Double Barrel Reserve Review

Forty Creek Double Barrel Select Review

Forty Creek Double Barrel Reserve… what are you all about? Looking at this bottle and thinking about all the other Canadian whiskies I’ve had, including all of the other Forty Creeks I’ve had, I’m not too excited. It’s not that Canadian whisky is bad whisky, it’s just not my style of whisky. For me it’s not a style of whisky that can smooth out the wrinkles after a long day… but you never know.

The world of whisky is filled with surprises and things you don’t expect to like you end up loving and things you think you should enjoy you end up hating. It’s a topsy turvy world of flavors, aromas and sensory receptors and this bottle of Forty Creek Double Barrel Reserve has entered the fray. To make this offering Forty Creek Whisky maker John Hall took is traditional “Meritage” (mixed aged corn, rye and malt whiskies) and further aged the mixture in first-fill bourbon barrels. Sounds interesting, lets dig in.

Forty Creek Double Barrel Reserve Info

Distiller: Forty Creek
Mashbill: Rye Whisky + Barley Whisky + Corn Whisky
Cask: ex-Bourbon Barrels & Canadian Oak Barrels
Age: NAS
ABV: 40%

Lot: 255
Bottle: 00675

Price: $60

Forty Creek Double Barrel Reserve Review

Dark honey

Butterscotch, toffee, chocolate, rice crisps, toasted grains, brown sugar and a light malty sweetness. It’s not bad at all, it’s just quite sweet. The grain notes help pull it back from the brink a bit, but doesn’t fully balance it out.

Toasted grains, butterscotch, light caramel, touch of spice and light notes of licorice, raw grain, citrus peels and nutmeg. Like the nose it’s heavily sweet with just enough grain and citrus to keep it from being one-noted.

Short caramel, butterscotch, maple syrup and grain.

Not fully balanced due to the sweetness, medium body with a light feel.

Forty Creek Double Barrel Reserve is among the better Canadian whiskies I’ve tried. It still has that intense butterscotch note across the nose and palate that I often find overwhelming, but here it’s tempered a bit on the palate by the grain, spice and citrus notes.

If it were’n’t for those notes it would be a lot harder to get through. Thanks to them the Forty Creek Double Barrel Reserve has joined the Copper Pot Reserve as a Canadian Whisky I can sip on every now and then. Though no where near being a daily drinker.

SCORE: 84/100 (B)

*Disclosure: This sample of Forty Creek Double Barrel Reserve was graciously sent to me by the company for the purposes of this review. The views, opinions, and tasting notes are 100% my own.
Forty Creek Double Barrel Reserve Review - Score Breakdown
  • Nose - 84
  • Palate - 84
  • Finish - 84
  • Balance, Body & Feel - 84


Forty Creek Double Barrel Reserve is a decent Canadian whisky, but still not my thing.

Forty Creek Double Barrel Select Label

Josh Peters

Josh Peters

I read about, think about, write about, and drink whisk(e)y. In short, it's my passion.
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4 Responses to Forty Creek Double Barrel Reserve Review

  1. I received a bottle of the Confederation Oak as a gift and enjoyed it. Saw the Double Barrel Res.and bought one. . .similar thoughts you mentioned in your review. [discloser I am generally a wheated bourbon kind-of-guy] I recently saw and bought a bottle of their 3 grain Harmony. . .wow. . .would be interested to hear your review on tat one!

  2. So I understand the fundamental difference between Canadian whiskey and bourbon to be the following:

    Recipes are designed by Blending iindividual grain whiskey

    Canadian whiskey is aged and used barrels, and various wood

    Are those fundamental truths? Or does “Canadian whiskey” A term just encompassing A wide variety of whiskey produced in Canada? It just seems that these are very common among Canadian whiskey while perusing several reviews.

    • Fundamentally it’s true and covers the majority of whisky that comes out of Canada. But you do also have pure rye and single malts coming out of Canada as well, but they’re at a much lower frequency / quantity. You can kind of think of it like how the majority of Scotch is blended and the minority is Single Malt. They’re different, but still both are Scotch.

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