Nose: smoke with a little minerality
Taste: sweet and smokey, lemon
Finish: the high ABV reveals itself here: biting (peppery), long on sweet lemon, a little salty
After adding water, it becomes smoother and sweeter
I like the balance of smoke vs. sweetness
Reminds me of a less peatier version of the recent young WhB Ardmores
Reviewed by Serge on Whiskyfun 28/7/2017:
Craigellachie 9 yo 2007/2017 (64.4%, Sherwood’s, Cask Strength Collection, bourbon hogshead, cask # 70900659, 302 bottles) Four stars A new label, pleasantly un-premiumised. Colour: pale white wine. Nose: this baby’s got some traits of the funny Fettercairn, minus the wacky Fettercainness. Barley eau-de-vie, limoncello, greengages, and a distinct minerality. Very pure eau-de-vie de barley (by Yves St-Laure… perhaps not). With water: same, plus a little grass, as almost always when water’s been added. Mouth (neat): granted, it’s young, simple, even kind of narrow, but it’s the purity that’s very impressive here. As if the cask’s filtering job had been done to perfection, while it didn’t add any specific flavours to a pure distillate. The end result is refreshing and even quite sexy. More artisan limoncello. With water: oh very good! Really very good! Very very good! (couldn’t you be more specific, S.?) Finish: rather long, beautifully citrusy, fresh, very clean… Comments: I’m rather impressed. This goes done like that, even at 64.4%. But don’t tell anybody… SGP:651 - 86 points.