Forty Creek Port Wood Reserve 2012 Edition, 45%

Price: $70.00 Issue: Spring 2013 Reviewer: Davin de Kergommeaux

Opinion is seriously divided on whether this or an earlier Port Wood edition is the best thing ever to come from John K. Hall's Forty Creek distillery in Grimsby, Ontario. A winemaker, Hall used his own port barrels to finish a mature blend of barley, corn, and rye whiskies. Stewed prunes, butterscotch, and licorice rule the nose, while the palate broadens into savory herbs, spiced fruit, sweet pipe tobacco, and hints of, yes, gunpowder. C$70