Clove-studded baked apples. Sulphury cordite. Hefty, malty, mazy in the mouth. Bonnie Sweet, but with fire in its belly.
OTH 90 points - Light amber. The initial impression is one of bulk. There are heavy florals - think lilies and stewed white fruit, and just-overripe banana - but this is given a mysterious extra heft by an underpinning of a light meatiness, accompanied by a tiny lift of (good) sulfur. The palate is, unsurprisingly, thick and creamy with huge fruit that fills the mouth. A highly physical, old-style Speyside dram with classic distillery character. A statement whisky that is a must-try.
(Winter 2014) Reviewed by: Dave Broom
Ultimate Beverage Challenge 93 points - Ripe mango flesh, baked apricot, sea salt, and burnt honey complete the nose. On the palate it is unctuous and marked by a delicate smokiness and strong mineral backbone with stone fruits and honey baked walnut. Finishes pleasantly with a touch of fruit. (Mar 2015)
On a rock overlooking the river Spey sits a distillery called Craigellachie. At night, when the moon is full, you can see the worm tubs glisten. These long snaking tubes cool the liquid and bring out a strong, meaty flavor. The result, a single malt that’s anything but smooth.