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A very juicy fruit Craigellachie with something of a whiff of smoke in the background. Serge at Whiskyfun suggests using this in a blind tasting!
Juicy fruits, pineapple sweets, mangoes and butterscotch. Sticky toffee pudding and vanilla ice cream.
Soft ashy notes, quite earthy with vanilla, whipped cream and maple syrup.
Dry spices, cinnamon, cassia bark mixed in with lemon icing and coconut flakes.
Craigellachie-Glenlivet 9yo (2009) 55.1%: 2 x HHD A⊕
Nose – Super confident this one; waxed paper and drumsticks (sweets), starburst sweets and rhubarb and custards.
Body – A wonderful off dry, burnt fruit delivery – quite unexpected from the nose and much more grown up than I was expecting.
Finish – Short and dusty, like a much older whisky. Oily at the end.
A complicated, burnt and dry-yet-fruity whisky. Challenging and still luxurious.
Craigellachie-Glenlivet 9 yo 2009/2019 (55.1%, Cadenhead, Small Batch, 570 bottles)
This baby from two hogsheads. Colour: white wine. Nose: this is more complex, with more coastal tones, as well as something chalky, or at least mineral. There’s also a little smoke and a little pepper, touches of ink, and then a rather marrowy development. It’s likely than one, if not both casks had seen some peaters in an earlier life. With water: you bet! Mud, beach sand, seawater, soot, dough, floor cloth, old jacket, rain water… And custard! Mouth (neat): peat, salt, butterscotch, vanilla and lemon fudges, then roasted peanuts and turon. Very good, I think. With water: even the citrus fruits hint at Islay. Finish: rather long, ashier, drier. Salty and malty aftertaste. Comments: a funny one to mislead the enemies. Or blind tasting special!