2021 Single Cask #6: McCarthy’s 6 Year Old Oregon Peated Single Malt
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We hand-selected this cask of McCarthy’s Oregon single malt from Clear Creek Distillery in Oregon. McCarthy’s is one of the very first American single malts - either the first or the second, depending who you ask - and it’s the first one that we fell in love with. Clear Creek has made this exceptional whiskey for almost three decades. McCarthy’s helped to establish the very idea of American single malt whiskey, and they set a very high standard.
We are very honored to be able to offer this single cask, which was aged for six years, making it one of the oldest whiskies ever distilled by Clear Creek. But we don’t care about age for age’s sake. We love this whiskey for its deep smokiness, its savory notes of smoked meats and leather, and its balance of oak and sweet French vanilla.
This single malt was made from barley from the United Kingdom that was malted with peat from the island of Islay. It was fermented for McCarthy’s at Double Mountain Brewery in Hood River, Oregon using their house ale yeast strain, then distilled at Clear Creek’s distillery in Portland, Oregon. It was aged in a 228-liter 3rd-fill Oregon oak cask with a medium toast and medium char, and matured both at Clear Creek’s old Portland distillery and its new distillery in Hood River.
This whiskey features the intense depth of smoke seen in the best peated whiskies while retaining a freshness and lightly fruity character that reflects the bounty of the Pacific Northwest.
Proof: Natural cask strength, 111.2 proof
Quantity Produced: 248 bottles
Age: 6 years 1 month 24 days
Mashbill: 100% malted barley
Barrel Details: 228 liter 3rd-fill Oregon oak, medium toast, medium char, Oregon Barrel Works
Barrel Entry Proof: 110
Distillery Location: Portland, OR. Aged in Portland and Hood River, OR.
Details: Non-chill-filtered, no color added