A nice young ex-bourbon cask in my mind. The 48.8% alcohol fit here - honestly a bit surprising - outstanding to the overall impression, which emphasizes the typical metallic-oily impressions of the Craigellachie Brennereicharakters well and thus the objectives of the V & M bosses is quite fair.
However, it is not easily accessible with the vinegar-iron tones and after the great nose, the experience to the end sound, unfortunately, from a total of clear, but it is still worth finding yourself in this malt.
The pale-pale straw gold, which nevertheless sparks strong spider legs on the edge of the glass, does not really surprise in a just two-digit aged Ex-Bourbon Cask. Oh yes, the cold custard with raspberry sauce and powdered sugar, which rises first in the nose is already an announcement. It could also be fresh gooseberry cake, similar to Rattray's Bourbon Casks, cooked pineapple, pear compote, grapefruit and cake dough, maybe even chocolate ice cream.
Add malty cereal, oatmeal, and then pork with ginger, as well as Chinese, metallic white wine vinegar, asparagus, pine needle extract, iron and salt like in the blood of a fresh cut in the finger - almost I would say seagrass - and a diesel note against which even the plastic gloves at the gas station would hardly have a chance. Others may say that is immaturity or a false note - I say delicious.
Sweet, oily and creamy, apple compote, pear puree, caramel and candy are also fully present in the taste, but this sweetness changes - for my taste a little too quickly and clearly - into grass, barley and maltiness and again the wine vinegar, accompanied by typical bitterness of the oak with a bit of tobacco and a cigar box, which emerges vigorously towards the finish again.
In the finish, the alcohol rises unexpectedly strong in the nose and the malt is oily, the throat with a vinous note. Sweet and warm, memories of the cake dough and canned fruit as well as in the distance to the vinegar and spruce wood remain awake for a little while, overall medium long.