Infusing its roots in winemaking with today’s award-winning spirits, Forty Creek Distillery releases its latest limited-edition whisky, Art of the Blend, this weekend.
It marks the in-person return of the Grimsby-based distillery’s Whisky Weekend, featuring reside music, tastings, food trucks, tours of the distillery and exclusive seminars with grasp blender Bill Ashburn and Forty Creek ambassador Chris Thompson.
Though the seminars are sold out, whisky lovers can still buy tickets on the internet site fortycreekwhisky.com/whisky-weekend and take part in the other actions and buy a bottle of Art of the Blend.
The limited-edition whisky commemorates Ashburn’s 35th anniversary with the distillery as its master blender.
Forty Creek was based in 1992 by John Hall, a first-generation whisky maker and proprietor of Kittling Ridge Wines & Spirits when he joined forces with Ashburn to make Canadian whisky.
The distillery was sold to the Italian-based Campari Group in March 2014.
On its web site, Forty Creek mentioned Art of the Blend is a whisky infused with grapes harvested within the darkest hours of winter from the Niagara region.
It mentioned the whisky, with an ABV (alcohol by volume) of 45 per cent, features notes of brown sugar, toffee and oak and is ideal for the autumn. The whisky is priced at $89.95, and shall be out there throughout Canada.
The distillery said the launch comes on the heels of the brand’s recent redesign, which features a new look to its bottles holding its whisky merchandise.
Tours of the distillery happen every hour from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Saturday, basic soul, funk and R&B band JR Hardy will perform at the distillery. Sunday will characteristic traditional rock, pop band The Figure Four perform all through the day.
Forty Creek Distillery is at 297 South Service Rd.