Forty Creek John’s Private Cask No. 1

July 16, 2011


It’s that time of year again. It has become an Autumn tradition that Canadian whisky lovers line up at Kittling Ridge Distillery to purchase a special limited edition Forty Creek whisky and a Spring tradition that people visit the Forty Creek website to sign up for a specially numbered bottle or two. Reservations for the 2011 release, called John’s Private Cask No. 1, are now open and will remain so until June 14th.

As in past years, each bottle will be individually numbered (1 through 9,000) and customers have the opportunity to reserve a bottle with a number that has some special significance to them. Those who order a bottle must pick it up at the distillery as government regulations prohibit shipment of whisky within Canada. It’s usually quite a weekend with VIP tours and whisky seminars to make the drive worthwhile and again this year John Hall will be on hand to sign the bottles.

This release is limited to 1,500 cases. That’s 9,000 bottles. Last year’s special release, Confederation Oak, came and went so fast in U.S. liquor stores that some whisky lovers questioned its very existence. Conspiracy theorists who quickly lumped it in with Neil Armstrong’s Moon Walk and Obama’s Birth Certificate, should note that this time distribution is being restricted solely to Canada. But then that was the plan for Confederation Oak until Forty Creek’s U.S. distributors insisted the distillery send it south. The whisky will, most assuredly, be available this fall in most Canadian provinces at a suggested retail price of $69.95.

Conspiracy theorists have prevailed and Forty Creek's special fall release, John's Private Cask No. 1 will not be released in the U.S.

President Obama's Birth Certificate, Neil Armstrong's Moon Walk and John K. Hall's special release Forty Creek Canadian whisky on U.S. liquor store shelves- three things to keep the minds of conspiracy theorists well occupied. Will National Enquirer paparazzi descend on Grimsby, Ontario this fall to capture the release for a disbelieving public?

Writing on his website John Hall notes, “Every year, I look forward to experimenting with different whiskies, a variety of barrels and new taste expressions. Forty Creek limited releases are my chance to continue to grow as a whisky maker and offer a new experience for those who enjoy Forty Creek. Each whisky has a taste profile of its own, yet remains characteristically true to the Forty Creek family.”

“So far, many of the Forty Creek limited releases have focused on the type of oak barrels that I have used to finish the ageing process. However, with Private Cask No. 1, I took a different approach. The focus is on the grains – highlighting the taste of the varietal grains and showcasing the complexity of the aromas and tastes. This contributes to creating a harmony of flavours.”

“I am particularly excited about sharing my Forty Creek John’s Private Cask No. 1 as it offers a glimpse into the taste profile of some of my favourite whiskies. It is a blend of rye, corn & barley whiskies, which have all been copper pot distilled and aged as single grain whiskies. You will taste the characteristic complexity and smoothness in the whisky. The difference, however, is the barrels I have selected and the proportion of each variety of grain that is included in the final meritage.”

Hall goes on to add his tasting impressions. “First, are the malted cereal notes that are accented with vanilla and cacao/dark chocolate and sprinkled with pepper and cinnamon, ginger spice. Next come hints of tropical marzipan and coconut. A luxurious creaminess filled with spice flares that actually cleanse the palate. Soft oak tannins and espresso notes on the back palate.”

“This is an extremely complex whisky, providing a multi dimensional taste experience.”

$69.95 on the Forty Creek website now, or in most provincial liquor stores this fall.

Whisky Maker John Hall of Kittling Ridge Distillery noses Cask No. 1.

Forty Creek John’s Private Cask No. 1 is reviewed here.

Forty Creek Confederation Oak Reserve is reviewed here.

Forty Creek Barrel Select is reviewed here.

Forty Creek Double Barrel Reserve is reviewed here.


9 Responses to “Forty Creek John’s Private Cask No. 1”

  1. Piers:

    LOL! I was just composing an email to you about this on the Forty Creek website, and happened to check the site before I did! Looking forward to your opinion of this new offering

  2. John Velocci:

    any idea on the age?

    • Davin:

      Hi John,
      Sorry no idea. Normally they leave the Forty Creek whiskies in the barrel until they believe they are ready. Age statements can be misleading anyway, so it really doesn’t bother me.

  3. portwood:

    9,000 bottles from “private cask #1″ … have the guinness people made a visit to take a picture for the next edition of the book?

  4. Yello to Mello:

    I got my bottle # reserved, not my first choices because I didnt pick until 3pm on Tuesday.

  5. Enjoy dinner with John Hall, first generation whisky maker and the man behind Forty Creek Whisky, on Mon. Aug. 29 at Fort Gibraltar, Winnipeg. Chat with John and discover first hand why handcrafted, small batches make a better tasting whisky. Learn the differences between Canadian, Scotch, and Bourbon whiskies. Determine the nuances of copper pot and column stills, whisky terroir and barrel expressions. Taste barrel samples of his rye, barley and corn whiskies, as he leads you through a deconstruction tasting of Forty Creek and a tasting ladder of Forty Creek Barrel Select, Forty Creek Double Barrel & Forty Creek Confederation Oak. This will be followed by a gourmet dinner created exclusively for the occasion by renowned Winnipeg Sommelier Shawn Brandson, complimented with Forty Creek cocktails and a
    preview of John’s newest limited release John’s Private Cask No. 1.

    Details to Come-

  6. Robert Anderson:

    Best whiskey I have ever had. I have all 4 special additions, will there be a 5th?

    • Davin:

      I think we can count on it.

  7. Sherry:

    Hello there
    My boyfriend loves your product. He has a birthday coming up in January. The only product he is missing in his collection is Johns Privat Cast #1. I know you are sold out. I’m thinking maybe someone might want to sell their limited edition. Do you know or could you help direct me in the right place to go about finding such a product for sale.
    Thanks for taking the time to read this. I’m drinking your cream 40 Creek on the rocks as I type this. Yummy

    Sherry Boutilier

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