Forty Creek Copper Pot Reserve

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It should come as no surprise to you, gentle reader, that we at ScotchBlog.ca are very fond of Forty Creek and it's ever-innovative whisky maker, John Hall. Since launching his distillery in 1992 he's brought new life to the Canadian Whisky landscape and has arguably been responsible, in large part, for its renewed interest among consumers.  His whisky even caught the attention of global drinks giant Gruppo Campari who purchased Forty Creek outright for a whopping $185.6 million with the condition that he stay on as Chairman and whisky-maker. In short, if you're not drinking Forty Creek whisky yet: what's wrong with you?

Fans of the brand are likely familiar with the Barrel Select and Double Barrel Reserve editions, but what about the Copper Pot Reserve? According to John Hall, "it's made in the same style as Barrel Select  but it's 'amped' up in flavour, delivering a bolder and richer taste profile."  The Copper Pot Reserve begins it's life as component grain spirits.  Corn, rye and barley spirits are distilled separately in a traditional copper pot still and then each spirit is aged in white oak barrels for a minimum of 3 years. After sufficient maturation it's time to mix and marry the blend. It is in the selection and blending of these separately aged barrels that this first generation whisky-maker's versatility and artistry shine. 

In addition to the "amped up flavours",  the Copper Pot Reserve also boasts a higher ABV of 43% compared to the other two, which are bottled at 40% ABV.

Nose: Table syrup on hot, buttermilk pancakes. There's a touch of vanilla extract here as well along with what might be best described as toffee coated roasted nuts.

Palate: Rich toffee sweetness rushes forth with spicy flashes of cinammon and chili pepper. As the spice recedes, flavours of roasted nuts, dried apricots and orange oil emerge just before the finish. 

Finish: Long and drying with a warming spiciness as the tannins fade to a chewy, dried, dark fruit leather. 

Overall: This is a great Canadian whisky and affordably priced to be a go-to "daily dram." Fans of Forty Creek know the score and will indubitably enjoy this one if they haven't sampled it yet. Well structured and approachable this is, in my opinion, the best intro to Forty Creek whisky within the core range. Similarly suitable for those who are new to Canadian whisky or who want to try a whisky without  drowning it in ice and mixer. Finally, for those of you with negative impressions of Canadian whisky, try the Copper Pot Reserve. It is a far cry from the bland, mass-marketed, spirits put out by other Canadian producers at the same price level. This is, unequivocally, a quality whisky for the low price of $29.45 in the LCBO. Everyone will have their own favourite whisky from the core range but for me, and my wife, it'll always be the Copper Pot Reserve.

2 Comments

Excellent review! Also a huge fan of Forty Creek. What I think is awesome about the Copper Pot is that it's quietly making its way into the American market as well and people are taking notice. Good value for money sipping whisky that won't break the bank!

Thanks Ryan!

Hi. I really like your website. I’m a big fan of whiskey in general. So much so we’ve started sourcing and aging coffee beans in whiskey barrels. Any chance you would be up for reviewing our coffee for your blog readers? I can send out some free samples to you. Awesome site by the way.

Let me know.
Thanks.
John

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  • John SpeightsJohn Speights commented on Forty Creek Copper Pot Reserve:

    Hi. I really like your website. I’m a big fan of whiskey in general. So much so we’ve started sourcing and aging coffee beans in whiskey barrels. Any chance you would be up for reviewing our coffee for your blog readers? I can send out some free samples to you. Awesome site by the way.

    Let me know.
    Thanks.
    John

  • Whiskylassie commented on Forty Creek Copper Pot Reserve:

    Excellent review! Also a huge fan of Forty Creek. What I think is awesome about the Copper Pot is that it's quietly making its way into the American market as well and people are taking notice. Good value for money sipping whisky that won't break the bank!

    Thanks Ryan!

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