One of the most prominent independent bottling companies, Creative Whisky, is releasing another batch of their Exclusive Malts line to the US market. These malts are hand picked by founder David Stirk who is known far and wide in the whisky industry. There will be six new expressions that encompass the single malt, single grain and Irish whisky worlds. The single malts hail from three popular Scotland regions: Highlands, Speyside and Islay. There’s a Balmenach 8 Year Old, Islay 8 Year Old, North Highland 20 Year Old and a Speyside 23 Year Old.
Preview of Batch #8
(the following descriptions are official press release notes)
This single barrel of malt whisky is taken from a secret distillery in Speyside. Famed for its honey-richness and soft fruits, this cask does not disappoint with an added layer of vanilla in the finish. A classic cask from a classic distillery – sip and savor all of its 25 years.
The isle of Islay is home to some of the most sought after malt whiskies in Scotland.Laphroaig sits close to the top of this list and whilst many think its unique and pungent aromas are off-putting, there are many lovers of peat smoke, ash and earth to keep this distillery going for many years to come.
This cask, from an undisclosed Highland distillery, has been matured for 20 years in a first fill ex-Sherry butt from Jerez, Spain. This type of maturation is as traditional as it gets and pre-dates the use of ex-Bourbon barrels which is now the industry standard. Using ex-Sherry casks results in a totally different style of whisky, as the color suggests, this whisky is rich, full of fruits and powerful from start to finish.
This whisky from an undisclosed Speyside Distillery is redolent with the smells of Speyside. Rich oak mingles with Heather spices and sweet malt. It is a typically great example of the region home to more of than 50% of all Scotch Malt whisky distilleries.