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Whisky Reviews for Creations 18-year-old CA
6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.29 points
- 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.
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.
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 :)
A little lazy: no changes, just some light grainy sugariness. The mouth led me to expect more.
- Better with water
- 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.
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!?
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.
Medium-short. Sweet caramel, faint white tee, and yet again – vanilla!
- Lovely all round cracker, going for a steal at £45 [Jan ’18].
Scores a B
- 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.