Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry
Added coloring: No
Owner: Bacardi (Dewar and sons)
Average price: € 89.00
Official website: www.craigellachie.com
I’m back in Speyside (where I’ve been spending a lot of time lately) with another bottling from this distillery that is very sparing with its releases, with much of the distillate ending up in the parent company’s blends.
Launched in 2014 along with other vintages, this 17-year-old marked the (albeit limited) replenishment of Craigellachie’s portfolio, with bottles that are all in all affordable given the limited availability.
Light amber colour in the glass.
Fruit and vanilla mingle on the nose, in a very soft and velvety profile of cooked apples, ripe plums, dates, caramel, pistachios. Tropical fruits. Honey and a slight sulphurous undertone complete the picture, which over time becomes more compact and deep, with malt being the central theme throughout. Very pleasant and elegant without indulging in pandering.
It is the cereals that hold the thread of suggestions on the palate as well, like a clothesline from which to hang the aromas, which remain along the lines of the nose, declined in a spicy and bitter vein with hints of ginger, cloves and licorice that flank apples, pineapple, orange juice, salted caramel and marzipan. Oily with a certain diffused saltiness and a touch of herbaceousness in the background.
Medium-long, saline finish of orange, cereal, dried fruit and sulfur.
A solid, characterful whisky that does nothing to please, blending a sweet soul with a drier, peppery one in a combination that makes for adult entertainment.