Forty Creek Unity

May 23, 2018


Unity: Forty Creek Annual Release for 2018

Forty Creek blender, Bill Ashburn has been part of the Forty Creek story longer than anyone else. He was with Rieder distillery when John K. Hall bought it and converted it to Forty Creek. So, you can be sure Bill knows how to find all the best barrels.

Since Hall sold the distillery to Campari, it has become Bill’s job to carry on Hall’s tradition of annual special releases. These are revealed each September at a celebratory Whisky Weekend held at the distillery in Grimsby.

This year the team decided to bring in five Forty Creek fans from across Canada to help in designing the new whisky. Back in March, Bill created three variations on a blend for them to sample, intending that they vote for their favourite.

However, things don’t always go according to plan and the group couldn’t come to consensus. So, Bill went back to the lab and created a fourth blend. This time everyone loved it, so Forty Creek is bottling it as their 2018 limited release.

Called, “Unity,” the special release for 2018 includes a sub-blend of 4-year-old Forty Creek whiskies.This sub-blend was further aged using high mocha wood staves. Then Bill added 10-year-old corn whisky and a smidgen of 15-year-old Portuguese-style Starboard wine aged in used Forty Creek barrels.

Remember Forty Creek Port Wood Reserve from way back when? This is the wine that was in those original barrels that Bill and John used to finish that whisky. To free the barrels up so they could finish Port Wood Reserve, they had to find a place for the wine.

With no room in any of the tanks at the distillery, they had decided to keep it in used Forty Creek whisky barrels. All these years later as part of the Unity blend it provides a certain symmetry and should bring a really interesting layer to the final whisky. But we’ll have to wait until September to find out.

Reservations for numbered bottles are open now, and close on May 25 at 5 pm Eastern Time. Just follow the link below.


7 Responses to “Forty Creek Unity”

  1. Toronto Tim:

    Oh, no ! another 40% release ? so sad … but will buy 1

    • Joel:

      I agree. I really wish Forty Creek (and all distilleries, really) would bottle their sipping whiskies at a minimum of 45% ABV. Let consumers decide if they want to water down their drinks. I understand bottling mixing whiskies at 40%, but there’s no good reason to do this with sipping whisky.

      • chris:

        i agree ,this is part of the reason i prefer american bourbon whiskey.

      • Steve:

        I can assure you, as one of the 5 lucky people who won the contest and voted on the blend, it drinks very nice as a sipping whiskey. I don’t mix my whiskey with anything just strait out of the bottle, and this is easily going to be one of the best whiskeys in my collection.

  2. Lydia Konrad:

    They added wine. I struggle with that. I am sure it’s good, but is that really where fine whisky is going? Additives?

    • Jonathan:

      And the name should be Jon. Not sure how my mom’s name came up in auto fill!

  3. John:

    what is generally regarded as better, Forty Creek Unity or Heritage?

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