If you haven’t heard of ‘Craigellachie’ it’s one of five distilleries in the Bacardi owned John Dewar’s and Sons portfolio. After being used for a majority of time in blended whiskies come late 2014 marked the launch of new ‘Last Great Malts’ range, Craigellachie initially released four bottles which include the 13 year for both travel retail and domestic, a 17 year for the domestic market, 19 year old exclusively for travel retail and the 23 year for the domestic market. However in late 2015 the oldest release from Craigellachie a 31 year was released exclusively for the travel retail market. Craigellachie is known for the ‘Worm Tubs’ which are an old fashioned way in condensing, these look like a giant metal springs that are kept in cold water so when the spirit goes through them it gives it a rich meaty character.
Colour: Pale Gold.
Nose: On the nose I get Dried Mangos, baked pineapples, white pine woody note from a fresh box of matches, Dried Salted Jamon (Ham) from Spain of the bone (leg) companied by a wisp of smoke.
Palate: The palate it uncovers mangos that are back but this time it’s the insides juicy and sprinkled with a pinch of salt and a soft smoky note finds itself through the sweet sour character. As for texture it’s meaty and chewy.
Finish: On the finish it’s a mixture of tropical fruits accompanied by a savoury character, it slightly dries the palate with its faint smoke.
AGE: 13 yrs
CASKS: not specified
DISTILLERY: Craigellachie Distillery
REGION/ORIGIN: Speyside, Scotland
EXCLUSIVE: Not Exclusive
Comments: My opinion For a speyside dram it’s rather interesting the way in which it uncovers the tropical fruits offering the sweetness followed by the cured meat that give it the savoury notes and the wisp of smoke that presents itself at all stages of tasting. As a young whisky it offers a lot of complexity and burst character, this might not. E to everyone’s flavour profile but it’s definitely memorable. As for the price point it’s in an acceptable price range but it wouldn’t have been something that I would have jumped at. If you’re on the fence like I found myself then I would recommend to try a sample from MasterOfMalt. On that note let me know if you’ve tired any of the Craigellachie and your thoughts on them.