Malt of the Month: February 2016
We choose our Malt of the Month to highlight some of the great whiskies of the world. Some are well known, some less so, but you can be certain that if it's our Malt of the Month, then you won't be disappointed. This month we've chosen:
Craigellachie13 Year OldSpeyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky Please wait Web Exclusive Price
Craigellachie's new range of single malts first appeared in 2014. Part of the Dewar's stable, distillery bottlings from Craigellachie were incredibly rare until then, so it was a great opportunity to try the spirit from this Speyside distillery. And what spirit! Craigellachie whisky is big, bold and full flavoured.
The 13 Year Old is sweet and savoury, bursting with fruit and smoked-meat notes – a dram to get your teeth into. If you've never tried Craigellachie and you like your whiskies to grab you by the lapels, give it a try. An excellent choice for a winter-time Malt of the Month.
by Stuart Peskett
- Nose: Big tropical-fruit aromas at first – mango and pineapple – followed by sweet and savoury notes of ham glazed with Demerara sugar and a whiff of barbecue smoke.
- Palate: More sweet fruit, tempered by savoury smokiness. Punchy and full-flavoured, with the meaty smoke balancing well with the refreshing tropical fruit. Mouth-filling texture; makes a statement!
- Finish: The smoked-meat notes gently fade, along with a hint of spent match.
Craigellachie (meaning 'rocky hill') is located in the southern end of the eponymous town. Built in 1891, the distillery changed hands a number of times in the early 20th century before things settled down; production was increased significantly in the 1960s. In 1998, UDV (now Diageo) sold Craigellachie to Bacardi.
Craigellachie continues to use worm tubs, one of only a dozen or so distilleries who do so. Worm tubs are a way of cooling the new-make spirit and are said to help ensure a robust, meaty style. Keep an eye out for more Craigellachie releases in the future – a 31 Year Old is believed to be on its way...