Even though it’s still summer and hot here, I can’t let the week pass without a single whisky review. So here’s something light and fitting for the season – Cadenhead Creations ‘Light Creamy Vanilla’ 26 Year Old.- a blended malt whisky mixing spirit from Glenlivet, Bruichladdich, Glen Grant, Aultmore, Tamdhu, Strathisla and Braeval and matured in a bourbon hogshead.
It’s the 3rd batch, the whisky was distilled back in 1991 and bottled in 2018. 288 bottles at 43.8% were made available.
Nose: Punchy at first with creamy vanilla and honey, pears and gentle fruitiness, bread-y. After a few minutes it calms down and we get gentle menthol freshness, peaches and bright yellow cherries. Later on heather honey with soft fresh tropical fruitiness.
Palate: Peaches and pears, tropical fruits with strong green/unripened edge, honeyed stone fruits, strong spiciness with coating limestone rock dust and white pepper.
Finish: Medium length, spicy, limestone rock dust, very subtle freshness, mirabellas and honey.
Thoughts: A very light whisky indeed as I wouldn’t guess it’s 26 yo whisky. It does fulfill the promise in the name and in addition it has that strong green unripe fruitiness that brings extra layer of freshness. Good fit as a whisky for hot summer night (even with ice when it’s extra hot out there like it was this summer).