Craigellachie 13 Year
John Dewar & Sons // Speyside, Scotland
If you haven't heard of Craigellachie before, you're not alone. This is an unheralded single malt distillery and is the workhorse of the Dewar's line of blended whiskies. Very few distillery bottlings exist, but this 13 year-old released in the fall of 2014 looks like it will be here to stay. This is bottled at 92 proof and is non chill filtered.
Single MaltDistilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
"Taking a whiff of this whisky instantly takes you to Scotland. Rich malt, apples dipped in honey, hay, and gentle wood spices fill your head as you inhale. The whisky is moderately full on your palate and continues with the orchard fruits but adds some lemon and a touch of mint. Having been bottled at 92 proof, the spiced notes are heightened and finishes on the dry side, but there's still a little sweetness left to soften the blow."