Clear Creek McCarthy's Oregon Single Malt Whiskey (750ml)

SKU #1010309 Whisky Advocate

 3 year old peated malt whisky, aged in Oregon oak. Rich nose of peat—burning leaves, a touch of sweet diesel—and fresh oak. There's no stinting on the peat; it's young, it's in your face. Whiskey to stand toe-to-toe with Portland's hopped-to-blazes beers. Not just peat: creamy malt makes a solid floor and an exit that may be the most complex part of the experience. Refined for a 3 year old. Limited annual release. (Vol. 22, #4)

K&L Notes

The new Fall 2014 release of McCarthy's is here and it's the last batch that will come from the actual McCarthy era. While Steve will continue to consult with Clear Creek, he is no longer in charge of the distillery and has handed the reins over to Hood River. I talked to him earlier this year about putting together one more whiskey and he said he felt this was the best version yet -- an outstanding swan song to send him off into the sunset. Having finally gotten to taste it, I can see exactly what he means. There have been several attempts in the past to tame the peatiness, by adding richness, but I felt some of those attempts we overpowered by new oak. This 2014 marriage finally hits the sweet spot, the perfect note of sweet vanilla and subtle smoke. A gentle, graceful version that will always serve as a reminder of what Steve McCarthy did for American microdistillation, and surely a bottle that fans will treasure for the future. Well done, Steve! We will miss you dearly. (David Driscoll, K&L Spirits Buyer)

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By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/21/2013 | Send Email
Today more American distilleries are experimenting with single malt whisky than ever before, creating some interesting and highly-creative versions of the spirit. Steve McCarthy has been distilling Islay-style (heavily-peated and smokey) single malt in Portland, Oregon for decades however. More so than any other American producer, his whiskey actually resembles something you'd find in Scotland: rich oak, campfire aromas and earthy peat, with a supple and full-bodied finish. While we're happy to see Steve finally getting the credit he deserves, we're hoping this doesn't become the next Pappy Van Winkle. Luckily we can still get a healthy amount of this stuff, but who knows how long that will last?

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Alcohol Content (%): 42.5