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Craigellachie 13 Year Old Speyside Scotch Single Malt Whisky with Gift Tube, Sherry & Bourbon Cask Finish, 46% ABV, 70cl / 700ml

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Initially matured for 13 years in American oak, in a combination of re-fill and re-char bourbon barrels, this Speyside whisky is then transferred to Armagnac casks from the Bas region to round out the muscular spirit. Craigellachie was built in 1891 by the experienced whisky team of Peter Mackie and Alexander Edward. Curating this series, Craigellachie selectively procured casks from artisans of oak-aged spirits who, like the distillery itself, employ these same venerable condensers in their alchemical craft. Designed by Charles Doig, who was an architect for at least 55 other Scotch distilleries, it was founded in 1891 by Alexander Edward as a contributor to blends. Craigellachie 13 Year Old offers whisky enthusiasts a combination of fruity taste added to a current of smoke flying through the middle.

Craigellachie Single Malt Whisky is the rock at the heart of Speyside, yet is anything but your typical 'Speyside' Whisky. Interestingly enough the word “budget” only arrived after all of that foundation chat had concluded. Behold, the Craigellachie 13 Years Old Armagnac Cask Finish, a remarkable departure from the ordinary.Speyside Whiskies are known to be fruity and floral, but as the rock of Speyside, Craigellachie Malt defies with its oil fired, rich character.

Tonight, with porridge for dinner (bicycle night) it’s a little sharper and the caramel threads are more subdued – a drop of water brings it back nicely. To this day, Craigellachie uses old-fashioned ‘worm tubs’ to cool and condense the distilled spirit.Worm tubs are complex apparatus allowing for changes to the flow of fresh water and therefore the impact of the cooling effect. Moreover, the distillery's dedication to longer fermentation and slower distillation ensures that the flavors are carefully nurtured and fully developed. In life there are things to enjoy, believe it or not, whether it be learning to fly, running a marathon, raking a garden or collecting things like watches or stamps. We also use different external services like Google Webfonts, Google Maps, and external Video providers.

Whether it's by the fireside or after dinner with friends, Craigellachie is a distinctive Single Malt Scotch to be enjoyed by all Scotch lovers. For this initial release, the spirit is initially matured in refill and recharred bourbon barrels and then finished in Bas Armagnac casks from the Gascony region in France. The bourbon casks bring vanilla, toffee and fudge notes to the fore, and the sherry casks provide richness and complexity. There are hints of rechar cask, and a few notes shared with Tomatin Legacy, which has a lot of rechar casks in the recipe. An eternal creative tinkerer, whisky was hidden from him until fairly recently, but it lit an inspirational fire.

Nestled firmly within the heart of Speyside, Craigellachie proudly occupies a central position in the realm of Scotch whisky. Craigellachie 13 Year Old is one of the three 2014 releases, and it is a bold and rich dram with exquisite taste. Speyside malt meets rare brandy finesse in this single malt whisky, offering notes of baked apples dusted with cinnamon and caramel shortcake offset by signature syrupy pineapples and fiery bonfire night aromas. The same connection occurred when I nipped into Drinkmonger in Pitlochry at the time when the Ukraine Springbank fiasco was playing out.

Thereafter, a long and meandering chat ensued about my experience so far in whisky; what I’d bought and what I’d enjoyed in each one. Graham is at the consumer end of the whisky world; constantly seeking out a bargains and generally very cautious with his limited budget. The _ga cookie, installed by Google Analytics, calculates visitor, session and campaign data and also keeps track of site usage for the site's analytics report. Initially, the whisky matures in ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry casks before undergoing a resting period of just over a year in Bas-Armagnac casks. I had to stuff it away in the cupboard quickly out of sight or it would have been an awkward conversation in the morning.The distillery has seen a number of ownership changes, but was last acquired by Bacadi from Diageo in 1998. Nose and flavour both good but neither prepare you for the unique sulphurous/charred finish which I found quite unpleasant.

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