A malty tang. Oil. Grit and grist. Summons the millhouse of old. Then cinnamon and menthol dunt. Pigheaded, big flavoured. Sweet-and-sulphur with each mouthful. A muckle, meaty dram.
OTH 91 points - Here we see a significant step-change from the progression of 13 to 19 (see below). Now, there is added spice, ripe fresh cooked and dried fruits, and a touch of the peat smoke that used to be lightly added. With water, a mix of maple syrup and waxiness comes through. Complex and deep. The palate remains thick and silky, with melted white chocolate before lilies make an appearance alongside baked pineapple. Structured, layered, long, and elegant.
(Winter 2014) Reviewed by: Dave Broom
Ultimate Beverage Challenge 93 points - Smoke and earth strong on the nose with wet brown moss and a slight fruitiness. Bright and sweet in flavor with nice maltiness, toasted walnuts and gentle but substantial smokiness. Overall incredible balance of flavors. (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.