Clear Creek Distillery is located in Portland, Oregon, the young distillery is flanked by crystal clear streams and dwarfed by the snow caped peaks of Americas Pacific Northwest region. Around 20 years ago the Clear Creek Distillery started producing their own pot distilled single malt whisky. A pioneer of American single malt the distillery garnered high acclaim from whisky fans all around the world straight away. The Port Ellen malted barley for this whisky is imported to America meaning this whisky shares a similar profile to the legendary peat forward distilleries of Islay. Mix that world renown malted barley with some of the cleanest spring water going around and you have the base for one hell of a dram. The spirit is aged for three years in air-dried Oregon Oak Barrels before being bottled at 85 proof with no chill filtration. Simultaneously a perfect representation of the quality of the top echelon of America’s new craft distilling scene whilst also a nod to some of the most historical and championed distilleries of Islay.
Colour: Straw but brighter rather than pale - think the shine of a bowl of corn flakes sitting in a white bowl as the sun beams through the window on a summer morning… You know what I mean.
Nose: Peat and smoke, straight away you get Islay vibes, we know this Is only 3 years old yet it has an amazing delicateness to it as well. There is a little bit of a sweetness underlay in there like hickory bbq, roasted nuts and wafts of sea salt.
Palate: A really smooth transition from nose to palate the smoke and peat play the lead role… Try keeping a little bit on the tip of your tongue for a few seconds and the slightly sweeter treacle notes will present themselves. Again surprisingly elegant for a whisky of its age.
Finish: Medium length finish with peat and smoke dissipating to toffee and acorn.
A young Whisky who has come to play with the big boys and against the odds managed to score a goal.
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