This Craigellachie comes from the independent bottler Murray McDavid and was bottled in the Tawny Port barrel after 12 years and a finish. The key data are very interesting. So just try it ...
On the nose there are initially wine aromas, dark stone fruits and behind them some spice and herbs. The fruits cannot be clearly differentiated, it is compote, they are classic wine gums. There are plums and cherries, a little peach, mango and behind them the wine ferments and matures. Despite 50% vol. the whisky is mild in the nose, rather sweet and pleasantly fruity. Behind the fruit gum note comes the chocolate, more semi-dry than sweet, with a little nougat. Strong vanilla is always present as an undertone. Overall, it's a nice aroma with a ripe fruitiness that would also be appropriate for a standard whisky.
Even with 50% vol. the alcohol is not dominant. He subordinates himself to the aromas, carries them forward a little. The flavors are balanced. The taste of the fruits is rather mixed, associations of red wine gums, a little vanilla. Then the spices come here too, without becoming bitter. The fruits go in a plum-dominated direction, but are rather diffuse and not too sweet with an interesting acidity.
The aftertaste is relaxed, there is little wood, there is little bitterness. But overall there is a nice finish with cassis and some chocolate. All of this may not be exciting - but it's delicious.
It's a beautiful whisky, a whisky that isn't primarily conspicuous, that doesn't polarize. There are nice wine aromas here, there is a subtle sweetness, English wine gum that has not yet gotten the full roar of sugar and aromas. This is a delicious whisky, maybe a bit too palatable, because it lacks the wood that would make it more complex with bitter tones. A well-matured, easy-to-drink whisky that is not one-dimensional or boring.