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Craigellachie 17 Year Old Speyside Scotch Single Malt Whisky with Gift Tube, Sherry & Bourbon Cask Finish, 46% ABV, 70cl / 700ml

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This on paper sounds amazing, sherry, peat, spice, fruit, oak. But... the sulphur is just too present, it turns this into a musty speyside vs bright and fresh. Not for me, yet still well done.

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A seemingly endless thirst for whisky, combined with love/hate relationships between producers of malt whisky on the one hand and big grain whisky factories on the other, pushed all involved in the industry to crank up production. On top of that, the Speyside region was reaping the fruits of welcoming in the railroad system, meaning that, all of a sudden, transport of goods both in and out became much, much, easier. It’s little wonder that around 1890–1900, we see a plethora of new distilleries popping up mainly, but not exclusively, in Speyside.

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Craigellachie Single Malt | Speyside Single Malt Scotch

However. The volume feels slightly turned down. It’s a touch demure on the nose, particularly if you sniff it beside something else, as I did. There’s just not quite a wow factor, which for 100-odd of my English pounds, I feel I deserve. To quote a rather poncy line from Sideways, it’s “quaffable, but far from transcendent”. Nice flavours, but it isn’t a show-stopper. I’d like another glass … but I’m not desperate for one. So little wonder then that most of us are likely looking to spend our hard-earned cash (and looking at the state we’re in today, that’s not even an exaggerated idiom) on value-for-money whiskies rather than on bottles that are, by and large, at least 33% overpriced. The fact that both the 17 and 23yo were put in the premium market as soon as they were initially released in 2014 — in tempore non suspecto, so to speak— means they were not victims of an overnight price hike like we see with some popular Diageo expressions today. This does not, in my book, help their case. It consciously makes no concessions to modern-day house rules. Craigellachie is an unapologetic and unique whisky, robust and muscular with a hint of pineapple. The distillery was built in 1891, when the great alfred barnard described our whisky as 'a style seldom met', and we've been old fashioned - in style and flavour - ever since.Kristin – The Craigellachie 17 sweet, and has a complex aroma. I expect the taste to be sweet, and it threw me for a loop. I like the taste but it doesn’t match the smell.

Craigellachie 17 Years Old | Malt - Whisky Reviews Craigellachie 17 Years Old | Malt - Whisky Reviews

Henry – From the nose to the finish, there’s an underlying note of brine reminiscent of a coastal sherry. Apple blossom and Asian pear on the nose, with a tannic, oaky astringency on the palate which again hints of sherry, but sweeter. Cream sherry, perhaps?Craigellachie, Tomatin, BenRiach, Benromach, Aultmore, Balvenie, Ardmore, Aberfeldy, Speyburn, Longmorn… They all came into being between 1890 and 1898. So did an equal number of other, now long gone names like Imperial, Caperdonich, Glenesk, Dallas Dhu and Glen Mhor. Nothing could stop the whisky boom, it seemed. More of that distillate sulfur than in the 13yo, so some meaty or cordite notes. Also more fudge, some soft oak, faint grass, cloth, and butter, and that tropical fruit note that comes with the distillate. If we decide not to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these Terms, such decision shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision.

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