McCarthy's Oregon Single Malt Batch No. W08-01
Added on Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 08:02 PM
  Bottler: Clear Creek
  Age: 3 yrs Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 42.50 % Region: Oregon
  Price: $47 Availability: Specialty Stores

Peat-malted barley brough in from Scotland, aged in sherry barrels and air-dried Oregon oak.  Jim Murray has written effusive reviews of this whiskey and essentially considers it just short of mind-blowing.  The Society didn't quite agree with Jim -- some of the peat-heads in the group sung its praises highly, while others were less impressed.

Batch No. W08-01, Bottled 3/10/08 

Member Ratings and Notes
Nose:  Peat n' smoke  Palate:  Clean, peat with some sugar, followed by smoke and iodine.   Finish:  Long with some emerging campfire notes.   Overall:  It walks the line and I struggled to decide which side I was on.  I decided to like it. 
Taste is velvet! Lightly peated and easy to drink. Spectacularly good, mellowly peated whiskey. 
Smells like The Bog, distilled from Dagobah, Yoda's bathwater. And yet, it's peaty and smoky and delicious. B+/A- 
Peaty mildew. 
Sweet peat. Like a poorly aged Bowmore. 
Mossy aroma with caramel underneath. Well peated and somewhat offensive, but with the right kind of stink... almost enjoyable stink.  
Smoky peatyness and vanilla.  Like earthy cupcakes in a glass. 
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