Hood River Distillers (HRD) has announced the limited release of McCarthy’s Oregon Single Malt Whiskey, aged for six years in Oregon oak casks and finished in Pedro Ximenez (PX) sherry casks.
The barrels, released under the Casknolia line, were specifically produced and seasoned according to the specifications of Hood River Distiller’s Master Distiller Joe O’Sullivan and Head Distiller Caitlin Bartlemay. The result is a whiskey that pairs McCarthy’s combination of peat smoke and Oregon white oak with the sweetness of PX sherry, the company reports.
On the nose is saddle leather and sweet tobacco, before dark hazelnut butter, bergamot tea and lingering smoke, the company says. The palate is sherry fruit, chicory and bitter chocolate, leading into smoke and sawdust.
McCarthy’s 6-year-old PX Sherry Cask Finished will be available in limited quantities through retailers in Oregon, New York, Colorado, Texas, Washington and California, as well as online.
This new release comes bottled at 112.2 proof. The suggested retail price is $149.99 per 750-ml. bottle.