Whiskey maker Grimsby Forty Creek Distillery launches limited edition Art of the Blend

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Infusing its roots in winemaking with today’s award-winning spirits, Forty Creek Distillery releases its latest limited-edition whiskey, Art of the Blend, this weekend.

It marks the return of the Grimsby-based distillery’s Whiskey Weekend in person, featuring live music, tastings, food trucks, distillery tours and exclusive seminars with Master Blender Bill Ashburn and Forty Ambassador Creek Chris Thompson.

Although the seminars are sold out, whiskey lovers can still purchase tickets at fortycreekwhisky.com/whisky-weekend and participate in the other activities and purchase a bottle of Art of the Blend.

The limited edition whiskey commemorates Ashburn’s 35th anniversary with the distillery as master blender.

Forty Creek was founded in 1992 by John Hall, a first generation whiskey maker and owner of Kittling Ridge Wines & Spirits when he partnered with Ashburn to make Canadian whiskey.

The distillery was sold to the Italian group Campari in March 2014.

On its website, Forty Creek says Art of the Blend is a whiskey infused with grapes harvested during the darkest hours of winter in the Niagara region.

He said the whisky, with an ABV (alcohol by volume) of 45%, features notes of brown sugar, caramel and oak and is perfect for fall. The whiskey costs $89.95 and will be available across Canada.

The distillery said the launch follows the brand’s recent revamp, which features a new look for its bottles containing its whiskey products.

Tours of the distillery take place every hour from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sundays. On Saturday, classic soul, funk and R&B band JR Hardy will perform at the distillery. On Sundays, classic rock and pop band The Figure Four will perform throughout the day.

Forty Creek Distillery is located at 297 South Service Rd.

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