A 26-year-old blended malt dubbed "light creamy vanilla" by the team at independent bottlers Cadenhead - batch 3 was bottled 2018.
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 was casked in 1991 in ex-bourbon casks. Maturing for 26 years they've called it "Light Creamy Vanilla". Bottled at 43.8%
In this case we appear to know what went into the blend in 1991: Glenlivet, Bruichladdich, Glen Grant, Aultmore, Tamdhu, Strathisla and Braeval. Some very serious names there.
It differs to the 'white label' Light Creamy Vanilla 26-year-old, which is two single grain whiskies at a higher ABV.
Nose: Heather, brown sugar, banana loaf, mint, cocktail cherries, tropical fruiits.
Palate: Peach, raisins, pan fried pineapple, tinned pears, dark chocolate.
Finish: Custard cream, plums, parma ham.
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.
- Blended Malt