Country: Canada
Type: Canadian
Bottler: Distiller
ABV: 43%
Score: 93 points

Forty Creek Heart of Gold. Image courtesy Forty Creek Distillery.This is the 2013 Limited Edition whisky from Forty Creek, and John Hall pulled out some old winemaker’s tricks in creating this whisky. He used a wine yeast instead of more traditional brewer’s yeasts to accentuate the floral and herbal notes, and amped up the rye to make it more of a soloist in the final blend. The result is a whisky with a nose of sandalwood, peach pits, vanilla, hazelnut, mild oak, honey, and a hint of dried flowers. The taste is subtle with a good rye note and great mouthfeel, notes of cinnamon and ginger spices balanced with hazelnut and almond nuttiness and just a whiff of cedar. The finish is long and becomes slightly herbal as the spices fade. (May, 2013)