Grimsby whisky distillery’s new release comes with a cherry on top


Published September 19, 2023 at 11:28 am

Forty Creek, Grimsby’s multi-award-winning whisky distillery, has a brand new release that’s already won a medal.

Even though the distillery is launching its 2023 Limited Release, Cherrywood Reserve, to the public this weekend at their annual Whisky Weekend (Sept. 23-24), the whisky has already won a gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Forty Creek is calling Cherrywood Reserve “a distinctly Niagara whisky with cherry aromas and a kiss of brandy.”

“Cherrywood Reserve pays homage to the Niagara Region by crafting an exquisite whisky steeped in cherry wood from one of Ontario’s most treasured fruit belts, bringing out a wonderfully unexpected character and flavour.”

A five-year-old pot-distilled whisky made with malted barley, rye and corn, and a hint of aged brandy, Forty Creek’s Master Blender, Bill Ashburn said, “Cherrywood Reserve is for the collectors, the whisky enthusiasts and those just starting to explore the world of whisky.”

“It is uniquely inspired by the Niagara Region, Canada’s treasure and the source of over 90 per cent of Ontario’s tender fruit crop, including sweet and sour cherries.”

Ashburn said the tasting notes for the new whisky include vanilla, honeyed stone fruit, dark chocolate, and cherry aromas with hints of spice and brown sugar.

“The uniqueness of this whisky comes from the cherry wood staves,” says Ashburn. “This limited-edition offering undergoes a meticulous steeping process, with kiln-dried cherry wood staves to extract the natural flavours of the unique wood, resulting in a truly spectacular finish and flavour.”

To book your ticket for Whisky Weekend, a tour of the distillery, or for more information on Cherrywood Reserve, click HERE. Adds the distillery, “Walk-ins are also welcome. See you there!”

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