Recap: Forty Creek Tasting at Quinn's Steakhouse - March 2013

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On March 7th, 2013 ScotchBlog.ca along with Forty Creek Distillery hosted a tasting at Quinn's Steakhouse and Irish Bar.

Guests were treated to some of Canada's finest whiskies created by local distiller, John Hall, at Forty Creek Distillery in Grimsby, Ontario.

The tasting started with three single-grain whiskies: 100% rye paired with spiced fruit, 100% barley with sharp Guinness cheddar, and 100% corn with spicy corn dip and tortillas. None of these whiskies are available for sale as John insists of selling only blends.

The tasting moved on to Forty Creek's bottles: Barrel Select paired with a sweet and sour beef meatball, Copper Pot with chili orange toffee and figs, Confederation Oak Reserve with smoked pork belly and raspberry bbq sauce, and finally the very limited Port Wood Reserve with a custom R&R dark chocolate ganache with rum-soaked raisins.

John led nothing less than a masterclass on how he makes his whisky, his motivations for establishing the distillery, and ruminations about the industry in general.

A very special thanks to Kelly and Quinn's for the expertly prepared food pairings!

Thanks very much to all who attended. Please enjoy this photo gallery of the evening.

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When John came to SJ in 2010, I was invited to the same sort of event and because of a conflict in schedule I gave my ticket to our treasurer. HE STILL TALKS ABOUT IT almost 3 years later.

The funny part of this story for me is that our treasurer was (and I mean was!) a staunch Scotch drinker - If it's not scotch, it's crap. Well needless to say, after his food pairing evening with Forty Creek that all changed. Mr. Treasurer now has several of the Forty Creek expressions in his personal collection.

Here's to converting and introducing good whisky to the hoards!


Lassie

Truly!

I can't imagine that anyone who enjoys such a tasting with John, provided that they actually listen and enjoy whisky, could walk away from the event as anything other than a fan.

A wonderful man who just makes incredible whisky.

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  • Matt commented on Recap: Forty Creek Tasting at Quinn's Steakhouse - March 2013:

    Truly!

    I can't imagine that anyone who enjoys such a tasting with John, provided that they actually listen and enjoy whisky, could walk away from the event as anything other than a fan.

    A wonderful man who just makes incredible whisky.

  • Whiskylassie commented on Recap: Forty Creek Tasting at Quinn's Steakhouse - March 2013:

    When John came to SJ in 2010, I was invited to the same sort of event and because of a conflict in schedule I gave my ticket to our treasurer. HE STILL TALKS ABOUT IT almost 3 years later.

    The funny part of this story for me is that our treasurer was (and I mean was!) a staunch Scotch drinker - If it's not scotch, it's crap. Well needless to say, after his food pairing evening with Forty Creek that all changed. Mr. Treasurer now has several of the Forty Creek expressions in his personal collection.

    Here's to converting and introducing good whisky to the hoards!


    Lassie

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