McCarthy's Oregon Single Malt Whiskey
Clear Creek Distillery's McCarthy's Single Malt is one of the original pioneers in the nascent American Single Malt scene, having debuted in 1996, long before "craft whiskey" was a term with any meaning to anyone. Using peated barley grown in Scotland, the expectation may initially be that it will simply be a pale imitation of Islay whisky, but the peat is much more tempered than an Islay peat bomb, and the aging in Oregon oak lends a distinct and robust spice that makes this decidedly more Oregon than Scotland.
Rich nose of peat—burning leaves, a touch of sweet diesel—and fresh oak. But not just peat: creamy malt makes a solid floor and an exit that may be the most complex part of the experience. Refined American whiskey made from imported Scottish barely. Bottled at 42.5% abv.