CRAIGELLACHIE 11 year old, Cask Strength at 57.3%

Region: Speyside
Distillation Year: 2000
Bottling Year: 2012
ABV: 57.3%

A lovely, softly oaked nose, displaying an effusive herbal-honey character, fragrant barley and summer flowers. Beautifully fresh and spicy with hints of perfumed white peach, pear, lychee, squashed banana and grass.

The palate is fresh and citric with sweet barley, apricot and grass mingling with some lovely creamy oak. Slightly toffee’d on the middle as the oak and malt begin to come through. Lovely, mouthwatring, citrus and grassy finish.

A drop of water freshens the nose, emphasising the citrus and lightly salted notes as the oak recedes. The palate has become a little simpler as again the oak has receded, but it is a pleasant barley led mouthful with some lightly oiled pineapple and a long, lightly spiced finish.


Independent Review from Whiskyfun:

Three stars I always liked James MacArthur's motto that's printed on their labels: ‘An honest bottle and a good friend'.

Colour: pale white wine.

Nose: sometimes it’s really a thrill to nose a very young spirit with very little oak influence – provided the distillate is top notch of course. It’s the case here, with this utterly simple yet perfectly balanced combination of sweet barley and apple juice. With water: gets a notch grassier, which is normal. A little more mineral too, which is just as normal.

Mouth (neat): excellent mouth feel, thick and syrupy in a nice way, some kind of apple and lemon liqueurs mixed together. Add to that a little honey and a few slices of tinned – and thinned - pears. With water: same with a little corn syrup added to the mix. Very easy and pleasant to quaff once it’s been reduced.

Finish: not the longest ever but it’s clean, fresh and fruity. Comments: sometimes you need simple, flawless pleasures. SGP:540 - 80 points.

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