When you make friends in the whiskey world you get to taste some stuff that normally wouldn't be on your radar otherwise. Sometimes you meet people who are so special, they gift you whisky that meets that criteria as well.
This is one of those cases, this was a gift from a friend I made through one of our whiskey meetup groups.
Cadenhead in Scotland's longest running independent bottlers.
Often times Cadenhead buys single casks and then bottles them under their label, other times they make their own blend, hence the "creation" part of the name. This is the latter. Cadenhead Creations Sherry, 20 year old Scotch.
This is a blend of 4 different whiskys.*
2 single malts and 2 grain whiskys, then blended and rested in sherry wood before bottling at 46% abv.
The single malts are from Bruichladdich and Mortlach.
The grain whiskys are from Cameronbridge and Invergordon
No color added and non-chill filtered.
*The breakdown is as follows:
1993 Bruichladdich - Hogshead barrel
1992 Mortlach - Sherry Butt barrel
1991 Invergordon - Sherry Hogshead barrel
1989 Cameronbridge - Hogshead barrel
This one is by far the most heavily sherry forward whiskys I ever tasted. For a 20 year old whisky (age is based off the youngest part of the blend) this doesn't come across as a mature whisky, it tastes rather young in my opinion. The mouthfeel is thin but the finish tends to linger a bit with the sherry.
Color is almost reddish.
Nose is slightly disappointing with nothing that jumped out to me.
Taste is not very bold but you do get all the fruits you would expect from the sherry. With a drop of water I was getting dark chocolate on the mid palate.
I gave a slight edge of with water vs neat (7.0 vs 6.9) due to getting that chocolate note even though it made the finish shorter.
Final thoughts: I'd only recommend this one for the die-hard sherry fans.
You can watch our full review and opinions down below:
As a fan of scotch and other whiskeys I was tired of looking up reviews for new whiskeys that just oozed of snobbery. I wanted to create an outlet for average Joe's who don't have a sommelier palate. Born and raised in Long Island, New York, I moved to San Diego, California in 2010 with my wife. I'm also a fan of MMA, pro-wrestling, comic books, video games and strongman. All subjects are topic for discussion on the podcast.
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