Discover the differences between Forty Creek vs Jack Daniel’s in this in-depth comparison and decide which Whiskey is better for You!
Forty Creek Barrel Select
- Nose: Vanilla, orange 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 more body that the typical Canadian Whisky 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.
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 Whiskey.
Jack Daniel’s No. 7
- Nose: Banana, oak, brown sugar, wood polish.
- Palate: Caramel, banana, oak char, cinnamon.
- Finish: Citrus, black pepper, oak spice.
The nose brings a plastic banana note, with hints of brown sugar, oak and just a bit of wood polish.
On the palate, Jack Daniel’s falls flat, with very little body as it lacks texture. Somewhat sweet up-front, with oak char bitterness coming behind overwhelming the sweetness as you keep drinking it.
The finish is almost non-existent, hot and peppery, with a hint of citrus and something that reminds me of Gorilla Glue.
I have fond memories as Jack Daniel’s was my first whiskey and something I enjoyed 20 years ago, but my taste has evolved greatly and now is something I would only drink if drowned in Coke.
It’s just too harsh to make a nice sipping whiskey although it gets better when adding rocks. Ice tunes down the heat and the pepper making it acceptable.
The best use you can make of the Jack Daniel’s No. 7 is in cocktails, especially when mixed with Coke. In fact, I can’t think of something better except for those Caribbean rums to mix with Coke.
Drink Jack Daniel’s with Coke or ginger ale and you will be very happy with it… beyond that it serves no purpose as it’s just too harsh.
Learn how it compares to the Crown Royal!
There are a few things worth knowing about Jack Daniel’s:
- Bottled at 80 proof.
- Jack Daniel’s is the best-selling American whiskey across the globe with sales of over 100 million bottles per year.
- Jack Daniel’s is not a Bourbon, but a Tennessee Whiskey, made from 80% corn, 12% barley, and 8% rye.
- Most distillers adhere to a set amount of years to declare a whiskey ready for bottling but Jack Daniel’s tasters decide when is ready based on color, aroma and flavor.
- Jack Daniel’s is filtered for up to 12 days through 10 feet (3 meters) of homemade sugar maple charcoal. This process removes some of the harshness from the spirit.
Forty Creek vs Jack Daniel’s: Price comparison
Prices are approximate and stated in USD:
|Forty Creek Barrel Select||$22||750ml|
|Jack Daniel’s No. 7||$26||750ml|
Forty Creek vs Jack Daniel’s: Which is better?
Forty Creek is a better tasting whiskey
|Whiskey||Forty Creek||Jack Daniel’s|
- Forty Creek is smooth and sweet, and good on its own as you can sip it either neat or rocks providing a solid budget Canadian Whisky.
- Jack Daniel’s mixes well with Coke and has very little purpose beyond that as it has some weird tasting notes making a bad sipper.
- When it comes to price the Forty Creek provides better value.
I am a bar and liquor shop owner in Oaxaca, Mexico where I have tasted hundreds of different spirits; perhaps more than I should!