Craigellachie 12 yo 2003/2015 (59.9%, Ceder & Tjeder, Dram Good Whisky, refill bourbon hogshead, cask # 124/2003, 299 bottles)
Four stars and a half
In theory, with refill BB hogsheads, distillery character should shine through.
Colour: white wine (hurray).
Nose: you bet! You’ve got all grains in there, from wheat to barley and rye, and even quasi-grains, buckwheat and such. Plus baker’s yeast, leaven, porridge, artisan ale, a little chalk… After all, this is distilled malted barley! With water: it is pure ale! Love these whiffs of raw wool, sour dough, porridge…
Mouth (neat): excellently close to the raw materials. No oak pollution, totally barley, plus white cherries and lime. In fact, it is totally ‘craft’, as if this was distilled by some ex-hippies (now lawyers or plastic surgeons) somewhere near Boulder or Ithaca. With water: even more of all that. And it is mature.
Finish: long, quite mineral, cerealy, porridgy, greatly yeasty… Comments: some craft industrial malt, what’s the trick? It’s not often that you can feel the barley this much. As you feel pears in pear eau-de-vie. Totally love it. SGP:451 - 88 points.