Craigellachie 13 Year Old evokes Bonfire Night: aromas of oozing toasted marshmallows, fire-roasted pineapples and baked apples studded with cloves, with the tang of cordite lingering in the background.
Today they still use old - fashioned 'worm tubs' to cool their spirit and bestow it with extra flavour creating a dram to rival whiskies twice its age. A worm tub is a long copper tube, sitting in a large tank of cold water, which shakes back and forth and gradually gets narrower. In 1891 many distilleries condensed their spirit this way, giving their whiskies a distinctive meaty character. Craigellachie is one of very few still benefiting from this traditional technique. All Craigellachie expressions are non-chill filtered, contain no caramel colouring and are bottled at 46% ABV.
DISTILLERY CHARACTER: Craigellachie is an unapologetic and distinct whisky, robust and muscular in flavour with a hint of pineapple.
CASK TYPE: Initially matured in a mixture of ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry casks. 50% of the 'blend' is then finished in first-fill Sherry casks, the rest in first-fill Bourbon.
Nose: Bonfire night, toasted marshmallow, apples and cloves, sweet and fruity.
Palate: Delicate light and smooth, baked cereals and vanilla a contrast to the nose making a whisky of 2 part.
Finish: Lingering tang of cordite