Distiller: Craigellachie. ABV: 46%. Age: 19 years. Region: Speyside. Price: $135.
Hot damn, that’s a good-looking bottle.
Our look at John Dewar & Sons’ Last Great Malts line continues (see the Royal Brackla 12 review as well) with a Duty Free-only release from Craigellachie, whose more common 13-year-old release is one of my favorite daily drinkers.
This 19-year-old release is bottled at 46%, and it’s more enigmatic than its little brother. Takes some time to come together. But for me, it sure does.
Nose: smoked honeycomb. White chocolate. Some sweet organic life–wet leaves?–and pink grapefruit. Palate: a little wild, a little sulphuric. This ain’t a beginner’s whisky. Juicy malt. Nice mouthfeel. Then that grapefruit again, grilled and salted like a starter at a hipster foodie brunch. Finish: white smoke and vanilla Torrone candy.
A bit of an oddball, this one, but lovable as hell. Cheers, friends! – BO