Forty Creek Port Wood Reserve

May 1, 2012


John Hall has just announced his Forty Creek limited release for this fall. Forty Creek Port Wood Reserve is back by popular demand. The folks at Forty Creek will open their annual bottle reservations on Monday, May 7th, 2012, at 12:00 noon. Sorry, other deadlines prevent me from reviewing this whisky right now, so I’ll just say I love it. I will post a review as soon as my desk is cleared.

This 2012 special release marks the sixth from Forty Creek. There are only 6,600 bottles of Port Wood available. Once again, for a limited time, Canadian Whisky lovers have an opportunity to reserve their own special bottle number. Reserve any number between 0003 and 6,600 (bottle # 1 and # 2 as always, are already reserved for you know who!)

Reservations for numbered bottles are only being offered from noon on May 7 until 5:00 p.m. on June 7, 2012. Reserved bottles will be available for pickup at the distillery in September, 2012. A more definite date will will be announced later. For those who miss out on the reservation period, general sales will also begin in September. As always, numbers are reserved on a first come, first served basis. Often people choose a number that has special significance – a birth year, an anniversary, a lucky number.

Due to provincial and federal regulations, Forty Creek cannot ship bottles. They must be purchased and picked up at the distillery in Grimsby, Ontario.

Notes from John Hall, Whisky Maker

This is the second release of my Port Wood Reserve whisky. It is back by popular demand, and because I wish I had made more of it the first time.
My vintage ports are made from Niagara-grown grapes and aged in white oak heavy charred barrels. I must confess I am fond of vintage ports so making my Port Wood Reserve has the added benefit of allowing me to enjoy some very tasty ports.

Port Wood Reserve is made in the same style as all my Forty Creek whiskies, in that I do not use a mash bill. My varietal whiskies are aged separately, and once completed, they are brought together for further rounding out. In this whisky, the Forty Creek blend was aged in the vintage port wood barrels for another two years prior to bottling.

I am very happy with how this second release has matured. It is every bit as delicious, complex and smooth as my first lot of Port Wood, which won a Gold Medal at the International Review of Spirits in Chicago.

John Hall’s Tasting Notes

Appearance: Rich copper and gold with red flashes.

Nose: Ever evolving with concentrated, complex aromas. Dried fruit aromas of orange, black cherry, raisin, fig and date. Intense, yet delicate aromas of vanilla, ginger, cereal malt, and exotic spice.

Palate: Full-bodied and smooth, with a fruity oak finish which is nicely framed by fiery cinnamon, chocolate, tobacco, and smoke, and balanced with sweet toffee & honey.

Finish: Long, lingering and ultra smooth.

I hope you enjoy this release of Forty Creek Port Wood Reserve.

You could have in your hands one of only 6,600 bottles. Each bottle is individually numbered. Enjoy!

Port Wood Reserve will sell for $69.95.

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

Forty Creek Confederation Oak Reserve reviewed here.

Forty Creek Double Barrel Reserve reviewed here.

Forty Creek Barrel Select reviewed here.

Forty Creek Copper Pot Reserve reviewed here.


13 Responses to “Forty Creek Port Wood Reserve”

  1. Chris Brown:

    Exciting news! Having missed the first expression of the Port Wood I can only hope this one is as good or better as John refines his craft.

    Nice combo of the Port Wood release followed a day later by your book! If I lived in Ontario I could actually see myself with both in hand on May 7 sipping one and perusing the other.
    Sadly, living on the West Coast I imagine it’ll be a while before the Port Wood makes it out here, oh well at least I’ll have the book.

    By the way, is the glass in the photo above an available whisky glass? – at first glance it looked like a Glencairn but obviously isn’t.

    • Davin:

      Yes, it is a Glencairn, but a special one made for Canadian whisky. There is a link to the Canadian distributor on the links page. If you were in Ontario you could pick one up at LCBO. Great glass, by the way.

  2. Hi,

    I can’t wait to get a bottle of the Port Wood release. I own every release that John has put out so far and missed out on this particular one last year. Won’t be this year, guaranteed!

    The Canadian Glencairn is a fantastic glass to enjoy any of your whiskies from (provided you are not seriously nosing/tasting). Fantastic weight in the hand, looks great and of course Canadian!


    • Davin:

      Yes, it feels really good in your hand. I also like the out-turned lip.

  3. Yello to Mello:

    I am also a patient one who missed the first batch, as my funds were super tight at that time I opted for another good released bottle which I forgot what it was. You are right, no need to rush this review out on the website Davin…perhaps closer to the release.

    • Davin:

      Yes, I am swamped right now. Just heard it will be at 45% again.

  4. Pssssst, I got a bottle! Hope you will/do to.

    Now, tomorrow I go and get your book, can’t wait!

  5. Brian:

    I’ve been downing my numbered bottle of John’s Private Cask in preparation for this nugget.. Oh thank heavens for Forty Creek.

  6. Irene:

    Hi Davin
    For those of you in BC, it was part of the North American Whisk(e)y release this month.

    Here is the link to find it in a store near you:


  7. Nick:

    Looking for 3 Distinct bottles of Rye.
    1. Forty Creek Port Reserve
    2. Forty Creek John’s Private Cask No. 1
    3. Forty Creek Small Batch Reserve

    If any information on were I could obtain these bottles it would be most appreciated.

    • Davin:

      You may still find Port Wood Reserve in a liquor store but I think the others are long gone unless you can do a private deal with a collector. Good luck!

  8. Mark:

    Just finishing my last dram of Port Wood Reserve.

    Please tell me this will be available again…

  9. james:

    Can I buy this port cask whiskey in the UK please

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