Craigellachie 13 Year Old Speyside Scotch Single Malt Whisky with Gift Tube, Sherry & Bourbon Cask Finish, 46% ABV, 70cl / 700ml

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Craigellachie 13 Year Old Speyside Scotch Single Malt Whisky with Gift Tube, Sherry & Bourbon Cask Finish, 46% ABV, 70cl / 700ml

Craigellachie 13 Year Old Speyside Scotch Single Malt Whisky with Gift Tube, Sherry & Bourbon Cask Finish, 46% ABV, 70cl / 700ml

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Craigellachie Single Malt Whisky is the rock at the heart of Speyside, yet is anything but your typical 'Speyside' Whisky. Now allowed to shine in its own light, Craigellachie is shown to be a chunky, spicy single malt full of character. Select ‘Your Message Engraved’ from the Personalise menu, then enter your message in the Engraving box. I’ve noticed it more as I’ve started talking to others about it, and I’m constantly astounded by the kindness shown by other whisky enthusiasts – not just to me, but to everyone else too.

The choice is as redundant as my flippers – I will stay here as long as I can, if only to bask in the fleeting flavour dance that this dram delivers in spades. A lot of great malts like Arran 10, Ledaig 10, Glen Garioch 12 are well under this, and even some NAS whiskies are pushing for attention in this bracket too, like the Glen Scotia Double Cask, Bruichladdich Classic Laddie and the rather exciting Bladnoch Vinaya.Would the Craigellachie be the same, or would there be a clearer difference between the two 13 year old expressions? I tried 2 different bottles of this stuff over the period of a year or so and had to conclude that it is not for me.

Tonight, with porridge for dinner (bicycle night) it’s a little sharper and the caramel threads are more subdued – a drop of water brings it back nicely. Initially matured for 13 years in American oak, in a combination of re-fill and re-char bourbon barrels, this Speyside whisky is then transferred to Armagnac casks from the Bas region to round out the muscular spirit. The current range as we know it has only been around since roughly 2013-14, when owners Bacardi began to make the distillery more widely available as a single malt. Nose and flavour both good but neither prepare you for the unique sulphurous/charred finish which I found quite unpleasant.This official bottling (one of three from the distillery including a 17-year and a 23-year, all new in 2014 after Bacardi assumed ownership) comes from a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks, and is bottled at 46% ABV without added coloring and without chill filtration. One of the most exciting and indeed the oldest dram I tasted during 2019 was the Craigellachie 51 yo single malt whisky.

Since these providers may collect personal data like your IP address we allow you to block them here. Lockdown restrictions had just been relaxed enough to allow us to do things like drink in pubs, and despite a puckered arse at the prospect of getting the bus 25 miles from my house in the sticks, to a pub in the city, I was glad I made the covid-flouting trip. For this initial release, the spirit is initially matured in refill and recharred bourbon barrels and then finished in Bas Armagnac casks from the Gascony region in France. Please always read the labels, warnings, and directions provided with the product before using or consuming a product.The Armagnac finish brings softness and roundness to the spirit but does not at all overpower, allowing the spirit character to sing through. Georgie Bell, the Global Malts Ambassador for Bacardi, brought a few bottles of this very very limited release to South Africa and I was fortunate to try it. I think this is one of those cases where it’s a shame that you didn’t have a full bottle to review, because this is one that has a lot going on. I’d fallen off the love train with Speyside owing to a slight fading of my interest for big sherry bomb drams, and my Speyside stash features mostly big sherry bomb drams, such as the Aberlour A’Bunadh, GlenAllachie 10yo and the indie Glenrothes Alistair Walker Whisky Company “Raisin in a Glass” 11yo. A youthful nose, with creamy rice pudding as a top note, acidic tropical fruitiness in the middle (lychees, mangosteins, even a fugitive trace of pineapple), and the most subtle hint of smoke at the back.



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