A bright gold with a slight chestnut shimmer throws wide stained-glass windows against the glass wall, which only lazily slip back into the glass. A very sweet and aromatic cloud of fruit penetrates immediately into the nose: ripe pineapple, canned peach, gooseberries with whipped cream take the lead, and gradually also floury apples and a freshly cut orange half. Pretty many bright fruits for an ex-Sherry-Butt, but not disappointing - quite the opposite. From the summer rain moist rose petals, parsley, walnuts and heather honey strengthen the fruity-sweet aroma and at the same time complement a certain spice. Above and below all the estimated earthy-oily Craigellachie character floats: in the pot slightly baked cooked chicken sweet and sour, cauliflower with butter and nutmeg, slightly damp cardboard and slightly salty shortbread, in the distance a match head and a sense of Wood, wheat flour and iodine.
The orange is more pronounced on the tongue with a slight tingling sensation, the pineapple is not quite as ripe here, gooseberries and grapefruit are on the edge to honey and rose petals, before this creamy-sweet start a slightly peppery-spicy bitterness with vanilla pod, Barley, vinegar, some rust and willow bark and again the cabbage and chicken meat joined. The 46 percent by volume appear neither in the nose nor on the palate too little, I seem to have been chosen here the optimal drinking strength.
In the medium-long finish sweet pineapple and orange are still present pleasantly, barley malt and a pinch of green pepper to a bit of oak as of fresh sawdust. Bittersweet you could say, but rather on the sweet side and without too bitter.
On the edge a short direct comparison to the 13er Original bottling: Overall, the 10er from the barrel here looks much younger, sweeter and fruity, while the original bottling - probably by a higher proportion of older barrels - in the impressions balanced, full-bodied affects: The grapes are in the Original bottling rather berries, the apples rather apple peel, more iron instead of vinegar and more spice and oiliness instead of sweetness in the 13er in the foreground. For whom the 13er OB is too musty-heavy, you should take a look at this 10er ;-)