We’re still getting through the many reviews we did blindly during the lockdown period, in the Blind Sessions we did with some friends: today we’re having a little gem from an independent bottler that closed its doors two years ago, Creative Whisky Company, by David Stirk. It’s a ‘regional’ bottling series, with several single casks for each production area – here we’re dealing with Orkney’s single cask #002, as usual from an undisclosed distillery that could just be Higland Park but shh, don’t tell anyone, otherwise the Vikings will come and truncheon us with their mjolnirs. Remember, we wrote the tasting notes without knowing what was in the glass…
N: from “ugly dirty and bad” to “good and dirty.” An immediately fat and biscuit nose: damp leather, ancienne mustard, copper. You notice a certain youth, witnessed by a ‘green’ woodiness. Again some ‘off’ notes, like cooked ham. On the contrary, we have some Prague ham, embellished with a slight sulphurous sensation. The fruit stands aside, with apple, pineapple in fruit salad and lots of white melon. Millefiori honey, too. The peat is there, far from being elegant but organic, some even venture marine.
P: parbleu, the ‘dirty’ side’s gone like Covid after the sanitization. Only a little bit of oxidized and metallic remains, just some spirit that caresses the copper. You get on the scene an abstract sugariness, we would still say honey. To tell the truth, the sweetness has something artificial and cloying, of industrial chestnut cream. The light smoke gains place gradually, among raids of indistinct cooked yellow fruit (pear and plums) and maritime peat. Grows with time. Aftertaste of white chocolate, but dirty. White chocolate on a plate of mussels? Wait, what?
F: round, honeyed and with a touch of salt, very organic. It remains to be decided between meat and fish, and someone dares both meat and fish.
Definitely an organic and bastard whisky, which mixes sweetness, umami, marinity, an easy peat and a lovely fruitiness. It’s not easy to decipher: there are things that stir in the abyss under that green smoke, but we are not allowed to discover anything more – the Vikings are jelous of their secrets. Definitely an interesting and fun profile to play with, when you get tired of perfect, round whisky. 85/100.
Sottofondo musicale consigliato: Thyrfing – From Wilderness Came Death.