The basic character of Craigellachie is actually not meaty, as is often described, but rather a bit vegetable. This A Dream of Scotland also shows this spicy component. There are also preserved cherries and strawberry jam. In addition to the spicy basic component, there is also a sulphurous aroma that is not caused by the worm tubs, but by the Amarone barrique.
The whisky is strong and needs water. The aromas are not primarily fruity, but rather spicy with notes of spicy broth. Other Craigellachies also show this power. But here there is another component that comes from the Amarone barrels. These barrels are being used more and more often - but they often have a glaring sulfur problem. This barrel also contributes a decent amount of sulfur, which isn't exactly disgusting, but isn't primarily enriching either.
Nevertheless, there are also the cherry notes that bring a sweetness that also has an acid component. With the herbs it creates a nice basic aroma that is slightly influenced by the sulfur.
The finish has spice that doesn't just come from the wood. The sulphurous character is difficult and a bit biting, but can be glossed over here as an aspect of the whisky.
Unfortunately, using Amarone barrels often causes problems. The use of sulfur is common in the wine industry and causes few problems in terms of taste. With many whiskys it is a problem that probably results from sulfurizing the barrels for preservation. This means that the sulfur is too dominant and can only be defined as an enrichment for the whisky with a lot of good will. For me it's an off-flavor that can be somewhat concealed with this whisky. But it remains problematic.