Tasting notes: Craigellachie 21 year old – Douglas Laing

Craigellachie 21

Craigellachie is a brand that I still need to discover a bit more. So far I have only reviewed one: a 25 year old Craigellachie from SMWS. And that was a very good one by the way! But fortunately for me, I have received another Craigellachie sample. This time from Jason, aka the artist formerly known as Whisky Rover (as he likes to call himself nowadays). So on the menu today: A Craigellachie 21 year old, bottled by Douglas Laing. Let’s see what this one will bring.

This Craigellachie has matured in a sherry butt and is bottled at 51,5% ABV. Cask no. 11343.

Craigellachie 21 year old tasting notes:

Nose: Quite a lot of resin, pine resin to be specific. Then some menthol. It is sort of fresh actually. This is followed by a hint of jute bag, strangely enough. Later this turns into some sweetness from honey and red apples.

Taste: Very strange in the beginning, and I don’t know if I like it or not. I cannot really describe it either. It’s a bit bitter and salty too. Later a hint of red apples and honey. With water: Much better, quite fruity with more red apples, some pears. Also parsely and menthol. Mocha and a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg.

Finish: the finish is mid-long, a bit peppery, with nutmeg and a hint of menthol.

An odd whisky and probably not for everyone. I really love the fresh nose of the resin combined with the menthol. The taste is, good but less than the nose. It looses a bit of the freshness here. But I do love that this whisky has an unique taste. Something you don’t see that often. Kudos for that.

Thanks Jason for the sample and picture!

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