A surprising showstopper. Interesting and complex, we couldn’t help but try it over and over. It’s a treat to behold a dram that changes so much from initial nose to finish. 11 years well spent in this wood.
Age: 11 Years
Distil Date: 07.05.12
Cask Type: First Fill Sherry Barrique
Outturn: One of 298 bottles
Additional Info: Reracked March 2022, Palo Cortado Sherry
Capacity: 4,000,000 Litres
Craigellachie distillery was only built in 1890. Designed by Charles Doig, it was built with all modern conveniences with the express intention of making a lighter fruitier character than the older distilleries – one of the earliest descriptors of Craigellachie mentions pineapple as a desireable aroma.
It was the core malt within Mackie’s Old Smuggler and Old Gaelic brands which were hugely successful in Australia and South Africa.
White Horse – and therefore Craigellachie – became part of DCL but when that firm merged with IDV in 1998, the Monopolies Board insisted that it sell off some of its estate – specifically John Dewar & Sons and five distilleries, one of which was Craigellachie. They were snapped up by Bacardi which still owns the distillery.
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Nose: A nose of burnt orange, pink grapefruit with a freshness of lemongrass and squeezed lemon. Sweeter, juicer fruits like cantaloupe melon, banana, red apples, grapes and berries become more apparent with the addition of water.
Taste: Strong citric flavours come through on the palate, grapefruit is prominent again along with singed lemon meringue pie. A fantastic combination of sour, bitter and sweet – again with more juicer fruits coming through with water.