An 18-year-old blended whisky dubbed "light creamy vanilla" by the team at independent bottlers Cadenhead - this was released in 2017 to mark 175 years of the company.
The Cadenhead Creations range is a series of small batch blends, blended malts and blended grains - made with a maximum of three casks and sometimes as single casks (where the cask was filled with a blend of whisky prior to maturation).
The Creations are a range of ages and strengths, giving the blending team a chance to experiment with flavour the only goal. There is some suggestion that the older blends were infact tinkering creations of former Springbank head distiller Frank McHardy, but given that he didn't write down the distillery names they are named after their flavour profiles.
The whisky in this blend - which we don't know the identities of - was all distilled in 1998 and this bottling comes from a vatting of two butts of the blended whisky. It is bottled at 44.6%.
Nose: Vanilla, granulated sugar, shortbread, grassy and fresh.
Palate: Satsuma peel, milk chocolate, icing sugar and strawberries.
Finish: Butterscotch, sweet, long and fruity with vanilla icing.
Cadenhead is Scotland's oldest independent bottler, having being founded in 1842 as William Cadenhead Limited Wine & Spirit Merchants. It was family owned until it was bought by another family company J&A Mitchell & Co, owners of the Springbank and Glengyle distilleries.