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Creations 18-year-old CA

Overall rating
82.96/100
votes
28
Whiskybase ID
97280
Category
Blend
Bottler
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Light Creamy Vanilla
Vintage
1998
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
18 years old
Casknumber
Batch No. 3
Strength
44.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
11 Jun 2017 4:10 pm by peej84
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 64.10

2 × in wishlist

28 × member ratings

31 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Creations 18-year-old CA

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.96 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 85 points Super Administrator

    Quick hit review.

    Light creamy vanilla is the theme of this blend, so let's dive into it. Vanilla, definitely, but the nose is more than that. Apple sauce, pears and shortbread mingle with floral notes, mint and Christmas spices. The palate is light and creamy, so Cadenhead delivered what was promised. Milk chocolate, gingerbread and wood spices migrate into the mildly dry finish. An easy sipper, but there is nothing wrong with that!

    RATING: 3.7/5.0 stars ≙ 85 pts → ABOVE AVERAGE [+]

  2. peatbogger scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    A light and refreshing whisky.
    Nothing spectacular, but for a blend it is very good.
    And for once the tasting notes on the label are both sober and quite accurate.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Sweet with loads of vanilla and a twist of lemon.
      Apples and sweet crackers.
      Dry grass and maybe a trace of peppermint.
      After nosing for some time the grain component gets more noticeable, but it's nothing like a NAS blend.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Quite creamy, almost oily texture with a pleasant coating mouthfeel.
      Sweet with an alc level that is perfect for this type of dram, making it dangerously drinkable.
      Dominated by chocolate and light wood notes.
    • Finish
      83 83
      The sweetness is not as noticeable in the finish.
      It goes more dry with the chocolate going slightly bitter and turning into licorice at the very end.
      Around medium length.

  3. Thermidor scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    I had this originally pegged at 85, but after it had spent some time in the glass, it became simpler and less rich, with an unusually hollow finish. Good and likable, but also forgettable.

    Tasted with 5 other Cadenhead blends of which I though this one fell into the others' shadow. It also netted the last place when all present tasters were polled on their favorites.
    • Nose
      Faint light fruitiness, with some vanilla and plain oak there as well. The more it stays in the glass, the more a certain sugariness and spiciness comes up. Cinnamon and powdered sugar, maybe. Some neapolitan wafers, and fruit candy. After some 45 minutes it becomes really easy to detect the grain whisky in it, since its smell starts to strongly resemble some light 20yo grains.
    • Taste
      A creamy, full body. Spiciness, soft oak, some pineapple, and some flour. Sadly, it doesn't take well to time, becoming noticeably flatter within 30-45 minutes. Best quaffed fast :)
    • Finish
      A little lazy: no changes, just some light grainy sugariness. The mouth led me to expect more.

  4. Corso_theRed scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Blended Scotch has the reputation to exhibit the lackluster side of those grain whiskies that come out of thoroughly depleted casks – bitterness. Here however it is quite tame and indistinguishable from pleasant oak wood. Something you would expect from 18 year old malt whisky after all. The nice guy at the Cadenhead’s shop in Edinburgh told me this contains a lot of Glenfarclas, but again -- who knows? Nonetheless this is a pleasant and affordable Blended Scotch Whisky, even if it i not overly complex or punchy.
    • Nose
      Light and dusty, old parchment, buttered popcorn, and – perhaps – some oak. With some air there is cereal and indeed effervescent notes of sour oak. Re-re-refill sherry oak perhaps? It could very well be Glenfarclas, as I have found similar oak profiles in other bottling of them. Who knows!?
    • Taste
      Pleasant, strong arrival of sweet licorice, caramelized oak, honey, and yes, some vanilla. Although it is certainly not the most dominant association I have here. Neither on the nose nor the palate. 
    • Finish
      Medium-short. Sweet caramel, faint white tee, and yet again – vanilla!

  5. josr-r scored this whisky 75 points Newbie

    Soft whiskey, slightly peppery on the nose.
    Lingers in the mouth for a long time

    Flavors like vanilla (logically) come to the fore.
    But I also taste some light citrus. Some chocolate
    Spicy

    Spicy

  6. peej84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. c02pon scored this whisky 77 points Member Senior

    Better with water
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      76 76

  8. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Lovely all round cracker, going for a steal at £45 [Jan ’18].

    Scores a B

  9. Tauti did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Cadenhead's official notes:

    Nose: The nose as the name suggests is a light creamy vanilla style with hints of granulated sugar. Rich shortbread with a light soft grassy note. As this dram sits in the glass a richness flows with more of the shortbread notes then a hint of whipped caramel cream.Palate: The palate is rather good with the sweetest hints of fresh peeled satsuma peels and rich white chocolate, then a sweet tangy fruity note comes into play rather like strawberries and icing sugar. Again the longer in the glass the more thesis flavours come flowing across the palate.Finish: All good things come to an end they say, Some rich soft butterscotch notes with a lovely hit of soft fruits with vanilla and icing sugar. This is a truly elegant dram filled with smooth rich ever developing flavours.

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