Category: Single Malt
Manufacturer and bottler: Craigellachie Distillery (Bacardi)
Volume: 1000 ml (Travel Retail Only)
Bottling Series Number: 78-SC33
Bottling date: 05/15/2014
Barrel type: ?
Min. age: 19 years old
Dye: ? (on the "whiskibase" it is written that there is, but I did not find info anywhere else)
The nose is saturated, thick, at least scoop it out with a spoon (especially when opening the bottle), “warm”. It opens with an abundance of aromas of dark honey, beeswax, creme brulee, baked milk, coconut oil, dry sawdust. After standing, breathing, it reveals tones of boiled fruits (sweet citrus fruits, pineapples, mangoes, apples and pears). In the background there are constantly mineral-sulphurous notes, smoke, which are felt much more voluminous here than in the 13-year-old release. An excellent nose that gives out a classic bourbon aging, but with its own interesting nuances, a qualitative development of the “ideas” embodied in 13 shk.
The taste echoes the aromatics, just as bright and powerful. First comes pineapple-lime sourness, then vanilla enters, a wave of woody-pepper bitterness comes, it is replaced by sweet baked citrus fruits, mangoes, apples and pears, ending with a slight mineral saltiness. Everything against the background of honey and candle wax that adds oiliness to the taste.
Aftertaste. Continuous. Slightly astringent but refreshing. Citrus fruits, coals, wood, salt.
Summary. A dramtic change in quality from 13 year old Craigellachie. The style features are still the same, but here all derivatives are brought to a fundamentally new high level, so that 13shka is perceived as a “poor relative” of a 19-year-old release. A great example of a bourbon style at a decent price (I got mine for 97 euros), which seems, unfortunately, to be a thing of the past and which you may not like only if you do not like these slightly specific sulfurous-mineral notes in whisky (they are , for example, back in Dalwhinnie, Mortlach, Oban, but here they are especially noticeable).
Rating: 89 out of 100.