forty creek evolution

Forty creek evolution

Do you often find yourself in the parlor or gentlemen’s club, playing billiards and twisting your waxed moustache and combing your lamb chop sideburns whilst singing with your barbershop quartet as I have? Will you be entertaining young ladies with your evolved sense of humor and good taste with chuck Norris anecdotes and your up to date borat impressions?

While the ladies no doubt will be dropping their pantaloons and unlacing their boustiers with the first hysteric fit of uncontrollable laughter at your quick wit and keen sense of hilarity among all your Schwarzenegger impersonations and dane cook jokes, you could take a humble step back and possibly consider evolving your comedic act.

Here’s something I have recently discovered; a chuck Norris joke which doesn’t force me to punch the first mouth this joke comes from. What do you get if you shave chuck Norris? John hall.

Ahahaha-….. ok, well its not that funny unless you are holding a picture of the two together and superimpose a brown vest onto chuck, but it works.

Chuck Norris is indeed a man, and john hall is the evolution of man. Once a spice tester for campbell’s soups, a labatts employee, a winemaker and now he has evolved to deity status of canadas most popular whisky maker.

Of course, we realize that john hall is not actually two people, because if he was indeed chuck Norris, he would have ripped out my spine at the 40 creek evolution tasting. I was the brave soul who stood up and asked john ‘what happens to 40 creek after john hall… retires?’ by retire I meant the inevitable, and john stopped his lecture, angrily stared right through to my very soul and told me that he would never retire.

So, there you have it. John hall, evolved to deity.




Flat flask style bottle with high shoulders and a well weighted bottom. Decorated with a necklace and black wax badge. This is the same presentation for all the forty creek high end limited edition release.


Wow! Packed with wine and soft English toffee. Ripe field berries, and a slight sourness, almost edging on beery. Honeycombs stuffed with strawberries and apple blossoms. The nose is so complex, yet so easy and pleasing to pick out the ever evolving aromas. Finally there is some gravity to the nose with overturned earth and cinnamon stick.


Wine forward. Spicy red, fruity wine. Dank. Raspberries, cassis, cassia buds and anise. Spiced honey roasted pecans and apricot stones are no surprise to john’s style. This is a very complex, changing palate. The more it airs, the fruitier it becomes. Loads of toffee and vanilla with a pleasant nuance of petrol. Medium finish.

Please note:

The story behind the whisky is 12 years in the making. John had some blended barrels that had married for three years, and he took those barrels and redistilled the product, concentrating the harmonized flavours. John then dumped the redistilled product into his own cabernet sauvignon barrels and packed them away.

It turns out that john hall forgot he had that whisky maturing in cab sauv barrels. In fact, he forgot for 9 years. If you see the warehouse in which he stores his barrels, you can see how easy it is to overlook a few barrels amongst the hundreds of thousands in stock.

So we have those cab sauv barrels now filled with very flavourfull whisky, and so john further blended in some barrels of whisky that john picked out himself to balance out the whisky. he released only 9,000 bottles.


This is a whisky not to be missed. Unique to say the least. Perplexing qualities of wine and toffee.

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