Craigellachie 23 Year
Craigellachie // Speyside, Scotland
One of only 13 distilleries 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, but worm tub condensers also tend to produce heavier, more sulfuric flavor notes and this is certainly seen with this whisky.
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.
"The nose is fairly concentrated with a rich malty aroma coupled with sulfur. "Mucho macho malty" is actually what came to mind. On the palate, the whisky shows its complex side with notes such as vanilla, lemon zest, peach, maple, and a hint of a medicinal taste. Then the spice team comes through on the finish with woody aromas and a hint of mint."