Craigellachie 17 Year
Craigellachie // Speyside, Scotland
Craigellachie is a Speyside distillery owned by John Dewar & Sons and one of only 13 in Scotland to still use worm-tub condensers (copper coils in a container that are cooled by a constant flow of cool water to condense the vapor coming from the still). This way of doing things is decidedly "old-school" and a chore to maintain as leaks can arise. Primarily used for Dewar's blends, Craigellachie has only recently begun releasing single malts. This 17-year expression was released in 2014 and bottled at 46% ABV.
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.
"Flavors open up quicker than a kid ripping open presents at Christmas. Marzipan almonds on the nose with a Rock ‘em Sock ‘em sour maltiness delicately spiced, sweetened and seasoned. Baskets of fruit and nuts are balanced with just the right amount of oak and meatiness. A thick Greek yogurt tang bursts with lemon in the finish before the malts return to kiss you goodnight. This is all four food groups in a glass."