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Creative With Cask 1930

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My first buy of 2016 turned out to be a story on it's own. After posting a photo on Facebook Wim Pollet reacted and posted a photo of his bottle as well. Same distillery, both bottled bij The Creative Whisky Company, both with the same casknumber but… bottled at a different age and finish. CWC could very well mean Creative With Cask here.

Last week I finished a bottle of Deanston Virgin Oak, a bang for buck whisky. The distillery had my attention and when I was at Versailles Dranken Nijmegen earlier this week, this particular bottle of Deanston caught my eye. Bottled for CWC's Exclusive Casks series at a 55,4%ABV after being finished in a Pedro Ximinez cask. All that at a very friendly price. I just had to have it!

It so happens that part of the original cask was bottled earlier in a different CWC series (The Exclusive Malts). A total of 367 bottles were put on the market at an ABV of 55,6% in 2011. The rest of the cask was re-racked in a Pedro Ximinez Sherry cask before being bottled in 2012.

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It's the second time I've bought a bottle from a split cask. The first was a Dailuaine bottled for the Douglas of Drumlanrig series. A big part of Sherry Butt 7823 was bottled especially for the International Whisky Society. The remaining content of the cask was bottled in 103 bottles. In this case there was no extra maturing or finishing. Same whisky, same bottler but different label.

Back to the Deanston... After posting the bottle on Facebook and Wim Pollet's reaction I started a chat with Wim. As a result we've decided to swap samples in order to compaire both bottlings. Should be nice to see what influence the PX finish had on this already sherry matured spirit. Of course you can read more about the results here. In the mean time I've also contacted David Stirk, the owner of The Creative Whisky Company. Maybe he can tell us more about the history of cask 1930.

For now I'm very pleased to have this lovely bottle in my collection.

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