Discover the differences between Alberta Premium vs Forty Creek in this head to head comparison and decide which Canadian Whisky is better for You!
Alberta Premium Rye Whisky
- Nose: Peppermint, baking spice, vanilla.
- Palate: Rye spice, caramel, baking spice, peppermint.
- Finish: Medium, rye spice, peppermint.
The nose is high in a peppermint bubble gum note at first followed, by cinnamon, nutmeg, along some vanilla note.
On the palate, Alberta Premium has a decent body as it does not feel as watery as the typical Canadian Whisky providing a good mouthfeel.
Flavor hits with moderate rye spice and caramel, giving way to cinnamon, nutmeg and peppermint, along the grassy note present in classic rye whiskeys.
The finish has a medium length, with smooth rye spice, along more peppermint and a dash of oak spice.
This whiskey is surprisingly good for its price, not earth-shattering or memorable, yet provides some complexity and some good flavors and an easy drinker providing a satisfying experience.
A good whiskey when in the mood for a not overly spicy Old Fashioned or Manhattan.
There are a few facts worth knowing about Alberta Premium:
- Bottled at 80 proof (40% ABV).
- Made using an 100% rye mash bill.
- Produced at the Alberta Distillery in Calgary, Canada.
- Alberta Distillers is owned by Beam Suntory along Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark along other brands.
Forty Creek Barrel Select
- Nose: Vanilla, citrus zest, plum, toasted oak, alcohol.
- Palate: Vanilla, ripe fruit, rye spice, almond.
- Finish: Honey, black pepper, orange.
The nose has a brandy-like aroma that brings notes of vanilla, citrus zest, a bit of plum and light toasted oak with just a whiff of alcohol.
On the palate, the Forty Creek offers a decent body providing a decent mouthfeel.
Flavor is sweet and smooth up-front, with hints of vanilla, ripe fruit, a bit of rye spice and a touch of almond.
The finish lingers more than you would expect from a basic release, a bit dry, with some honey to it, orange and a dash of black pepper.
Forty Creek displays very little heat, with nothing offensive or off-putting.
An easy drinking and smooth Canadian Whisky, with an acceptable texture, sweet notes, with some rye spice providing balance to the dram.
Mixes well with Coke and might be of use when in the mood for more complex cocktails.
Nothing spectacular about it, but nothing wrong about it providing good value for the money and a smooth and sweet night cap.
Learn how it compares to the Crown Royal!
There are a few facts worth knowing about the Forty Creek:
- Bottled at 80 proof (40% ABV).
- This whisky is made from a blend of rye, barley and corn whiskies, all distilled individually.
- The whiskies are aged from 6 to 10 years in different degrees of charred barrels before blending.
- Before bottling, the blend is rested for 6 months in ex-sherry barrels.
- The Forty Creek Distillery is located in Grimsby, Canada.
- This brand is owned by Campari from Italy, along the Wild Turkey Bourbon.
Alberta Premium vs Forty Creek: Price comparison
Prices are approximate and stated in USD:
Alberta Premium vs Forty Creek: Which is better?
Price gives the edge to the Forty Creek
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- Alberta Premium and Forty Creek are quite similar as both hit with light rye spice and are yet quite smooth and easy to drink.
- Both are more flavorful and better bodied than the classic Canadian Whisky (Canadian Club or Crown Royal) and attractively priced providing good value for the money.
- Given the similarities I choose the Forty Creek over Alberta Premium exclusively based on price.
These whiskeys are quite competent so you can’t go wrong with whichever you choose.
I am a bar and liquor shop owner in Oaxaca, Mexico where I have tasted hundreds of different spirits; perhaps more than I should!