I think the people at Clear Creek, with a little help from the Widmer brothers, have succeeded to make a very decent peated whiskey that can measure itself with many single malts from Scotland outside Islay. The products from the home of peated whiskey are probably a bit too far fetched yet. If I want to make a little bit of a critical mark, I miss something particular in the character that makes it different from Scotch, I mean we are at the other side of the ocean. A separate style of US peated whiskey, I believe it should have a bright future.
You can easily find the peat when you put your nose above the glass. A friendly peat with some coal smoke, a dryish peat and a distant bonfire. Furthermore, there is a slight mineral site to this one, and a pinch of salt. Oregon is bordering the ocean, right? Then a clear sense of vanilla, or to be more specifically, custard. A few stewed pears (with custard) for dessert.
The peat is there, this time a more vegetal kind, and a shovel full of sand, a few autumn leaves and a beautiful kind of smoked honey. Developing into some liquorice root, more influence from the cask with vanilla and coconut, and again we have the pears at the end.
More of the above.