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Bottling NameMcCarthy's Single Malt
Bottled ByClear Creek Distillery Portland,Or
Alcohol content80 Proof
Availability US: Available Japan: Unknown Duty Free: Not Available Europe: Unknown
Mashbill InfoScottish style and peated malt
Views (since 20080612) 7468
Bottling InfoMade from peat-malted barley brought in from Scotland, our whiskey would be a single malt Scotch If Oregon were Scotland. Widmer Brothers ferments the peat-malted barley into a "wash" or unfinished beer. We don't hop it or finish it or do any of the other things done to finish a beer. Using the unfinished wash allows us to get all the flavor and character of the malt when we distill using our pot stills. We then barrel-age the rough distillate in several kinds of oak barrels. The result is a smooth, peat-y whiskey with a surprisingly clean finish for such a young whiskey. Production is very limited because what I put in the barrel doesn't come out for years.

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Review from MikeK (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 312, Created:20051121155408)
Purchased at:Federal Wine and Spirits, Boston MA
Purchased for:$29.00
Proof Of this Bottle:80
Nose:Medium smoke and peat with hints of salt and seaweed. Like taking a deep breath of ocean air while standing on a rocky shoreline.
Taste:Fresh and clean. The rich flavor of an Islay with the manners of a Highland. Not overly complicated but quite pleasant.
Finish:Medium length finish. Very clean. Smoke and peat of course.
Overall:Wow! What an excellent early effort by Steve McCarthy. Very reminiscent of an Islay malt, particularly Ardbeg. Not as powerful or refined, but quite good for only 3 years old. As it says in the header, this is "scotch" made in Oregon. Very reasonably priced. I can't give enough credit to a small distillery that tries something totaly new and prices it right. Go find a bottle and encourage this kind of behavior.

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