A 26-year-old blended whisky dubbed "light creamy vanilla" by the team at independent bottlers Cadenhead.
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.
This differs from the 'black label' Light Creamy Vanilla at 26-years-old given that it is a blend of two single grain whiskies. In this case it is Strathclyde and North British.
This is Batch 2, casked in 1989 and bottled at 57.7% in 2015. 222 bottles in the release.
Nose: A very complex nose of dried cherry and honeycomb. A very rich fruity hit to start with the sweeter toffee notes coming next.
Palate: A glorious balance of sweetness and spice, honeycomb and fruit loaf.
Finish: Ginger and cinnamon cookies, which mellow out to a long and sweet finish of golden syrup.
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.