Deep amber color. Aromas of creme brulee, coconut macaroon, and spiced chocolate nuts with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, toffee, dried fruit, mineral, and spice finish. An excellent, complex and flavorful Canadian whisky.
92 points, Beverage Testing Institute (Feb 2014)
Similar to the standard Forty Creek Barrel Select, whiskymaker John Hall produces three different whiskies (rye, corn, and malted barley), ages them separately, and then marries them for a period before bottling. Unlike the Barrel Select, with Double Barrel Reserve, the resultant whisky is married in first-fill bourbon barrels rather than sherry casks. The result is a rich vanilla creaminess that coats the palate. Mixed in, you’ll find coconut, marshmallow, citrus, and pineapple, with emerging toasted pecan, dried spice, and dusty corn on the finish. Quite soothing and dangerously drinkable. My favorite so far from the various Forty Creek releases.
90 points, Whisky Advocate (Summer 2009)