Whisky Magazine Issue 114
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?A Canadian whisky maker's journey into music
?I always say good whisky doesn't have to hurt, and Forty Creek doesn't hurt.” I'm chatting with country music legend Larry Joe Taylor about why Canadian whisky is so popular in Texas. “Texas Country is about blending the lyrics and melody together and then adding the instrumentation that will make it sound right. It's the same thing John Hall does with his whisky.” In 1992, Snapple caught the mood of the world with an upbeat slogan, “Made from the best stuff on Earth,” In Texas, a young musician named Larry Joe Taylor was hankering to be heard. In Canada, John K. Hall was quietly laying down his first barrels of Forty Creek Barrel Select – whisky that would one day mature into another version of some of the best stuff on earth. A musician himself, during his student days Hall burned up scales on the saxophone in crowded bars and sweaty dance halls. This Windsor, Ontario, boy reveled in the Motown sound flooding across the river from Detroit. “I have an appreciation for anything artistic because it comes from the heart with passion, creativity and patience,” he tells me, reflecting on the 60s. Those times still feed his creativity, now as one of Canada's foremost whisky artists. Detroit was not the Yoko Ono to draw Hall away from his music. It was grapes. After college, a stint as a wine maker afforded him the opportunity to blend his artistic sensibility with his education in science. 30 years later, the future of Canadian whisky resting with a small grou...