Continuing with whiskies around the world, I picked up this bottle from Juul Vin og Spiritus in Copenhagen, Denmark after I learned this Glenlivet single cask was released exclusively for the Nordic/Scandinavian region. The name, Creag an Innean, comes from an old smugglers route between Glenlivet Valley and Perth where illegal liquor was brought from the highlands to cities in the south and sold.
The Creag an Innean is a single cask from Glenlivet matured in a Spanish Oloroso sherry butt for 14 years before being bottled in February 2017 at a cask strength of 61.2%.
Outturn: 618 Bottles
Mashbill: 100% Malted Barley
Cask Type: Spanish Oloroso sherry butt (single cask)
Age: 14 Years
Chill Filtered: No
Color Added: No
Color: Burnt Amber
Glass for Review: Spiegelau Nosing Glass
Nose: Walnuts and toffee with hints of creme and marzipan. The nose is rather gentle, opening up with some light floral notes. Very little spice or alcohol burn. Adding water brings out notes of peanut butter and chocolate.
Palate: Starting off with a bang of spice – oak, cinnamon, are prominent with the warmth and burn of alcohol, but not off-putting. Once the initial punch of spice tapers, the palate opens up to coffee cake, and then evolves into chocolate covered oranges and citrus notes continue to become more pronounced as you enjoy it.
Finish: The spice from the palate tapers, but still lingers into the finish. Full of oak and cinnamon, complimented by toffee and nuts, the spice continues to tapper, weening off to leave you lingering with dried fruits; apricots and oranges are most apparent.
Overall: This dram is a sneaky punch to the palate. The nose is deceivingly gentle, and the first sip is a kick in the mouth with spice and alcohol. It’s raw and rough around the edges; water is not enough to take the chip off it’s shoulder. While a good dram, it’s not one I’m going to go to first again and again.
Average Price: $250 USD