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Review: Forty Creek John’s Private Cask No. 1 Whisky

Posted by Arctic Wolf on February 2, 2012

Last Winter (just a little over a year ago) I had lunch with John Hall when he was in town for the Edmonton Whisky Festival. One of the things we talked about was Mr. Hall’s penchant for saving his best whisky barrels for his own private use. You see, every once in a while when John was testing and tasting his barrels of whisky to see how they were coming along, he would hit upon a barrel that was absolutely exceptional. These barrels would be squirreled away and earmarked for his own private stash. John admitted to me that this had kind of gotten out of hand, and he had accumulated far more of these ‘Private Casks’ than what he would ever need, or be able to consume.

It turns out John figured out what to do with his growing supply of exceptional casks, as in the fall of 2011 he released his new special release, John’s Private Cask No. 1 Whisky.

Here is an excerpt from my review:

“… The initial aroma from the glass begins with some rich notes of oak and cedar rising into the breezes above the glass. I notice traces of bourbon and honeycomb, light baking spices, and a nice spicy rye influence. When I gave my glass a tilt and a slow swirl, leggy drooplets slowly coalesced and slid ever so slowly back into the whisky…. “

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Forty Creek John’s Private Cask No. 1 Whisky

And of worthy note:

John’s Private Cask No. 1 Whisky recently received 3 separate Awards of Excellence at the recent 2011 Canadian Whisky Awards:

  • Connoisseur Whisky of the Year – Domestic Market
  • Best New Whisky of the Year!
  • Canadian Whisky of the Year!
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One Response to “Review: Forty Creek John’s Private Cask No. 1 Whisky”

  1. Jason Gillman said

    CONGRATS!!! From me my friends and family we thank you for the best Whisky we have ever had tasted!!
    Jason Gillman!

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