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Forty Creek distillery launches first botanical Canadian whisky

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The Forager, the world's first botanical Canadian whisky. (CNW Group/Campari Canada)

May 28, 2020, Toronto, Ont. – The first botanical Canadian whisky has hit shelves in Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia and Manitoba.

Created by Forty Creek Whisky master blender Bill Ashburn, The Forager Botanical Whisky is an innovation outside the Forty Creek family, made to reflect the natural elements of Canada’s untamed wilderness.

“With the launch of The Forager, Forty Creek is excited to once again demonstrate its commitment to innovation in the Canadian whisky category,” said Chris Staresinic, vice president of marketing, Campari Group Canada. “Innovation and sustainability are key pillars of our company, and we are excited to share this spirit with Canadians.”

The Forager is crafted from a light, fresh Canadian whisky that is aged initially for three years. Prior to additional aging, select botanicals are steeped in the liquid, creating a botanical-infused sprit that displays subtle yet distinct and fresh notes. The light yet complex whisky is perfect for those seeking a full-flavoured gin substitute.


Each of the botanicals used in the making of The Forager is wild-sourced, meaning it is hand-picked by professional foragers who practice sustainable harvesting methods that are respectful of both the plants and their surrounding ecosystems. The botanicals are sourced from across Eastern Canada and include juniper berries, labrador tea, spruce tips, mugwort, and sweet fern.

The Forager has been noted for its light amber colour and a complex medley of flavours, including herbal tea and a long, peppery finish. The whisky’s aroma is predominantly that of fresh cut pine, with a hint of candied citrus.

“This definitely isn’t your typical Canadian whisky,” said Ashburn. “In fact, it’s unlike anything I’ve ever created. As a whisky-maker, that’s always exciting, knowing you have the chance to explore new territory and push the boundaries of what a Canadian whisky can be.”

The Forager, priced at $34.95, will arrive in other Canadian provinces later this year.

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