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

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

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

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A worm tub condenser features significantly less copper tubing than a vertical condenser; copper contact is what removes the heavier elemental things that can embellish a whisky’s flavour, like sulphur. The distillery's traditional production methods, including the use of worm tubs, impart a robust and full-bodied character to its whiskies, setting them apart from their Speyside counterparts.

That’s a guess, though, I need to find more “sulfury” whiskies to taste and see if I can confirm it. Craigellachie has a full yet aromatic character that has made this Single Malt a prized Malt for blending since the late 19th century. I am completely content floating inside this amber prism, for when I’m in there the world, and all its complications, are refracted away in the mirrored undersides.Unapologetic and distinct, CRAIGELLACHIE 13 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky boasts an old-fashioned whisky style and flavour that's rounded and muscular. A worm tub, for those uneducated in the intricacies of distillation like me, is used in the distillation process after the spirit has been boiled in the copper stills. This official bottling (one of three from the distillery including a 17-year and a 23-year, all new in 2014 after Bacardi assumed ownership) comes from a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks, and is bottled at 46% ABV without added coloring and without chill filtration. On this spring day in 2021, I was already suitably oiled from the afternoon in the Bow Bar, so I had a bit more courage than if I had walked in fresh from the electric bus. Spirit within the still will increasingly become purer as heavy compounds continue to break down due to the extended interaction with the copper.

Arriving at the small doorway into Malts and Spirits, two people were concluding their sale at the small till zone, so I lingered outside until I felt awkward and then made my way in. The fact that Craigellachie has chosen to release their whisky at these odd maturation points is enough to hook me in – be different from everyone else, that’s the spirit! The Craigellachie 13 has a gorgeous caramel vanilla wave, albeit with a thinner tart edge, slight matchbox ping and a brighter zingy fruitiness. By cooling the spirit in a worm tub, rather than condenser, the copper contact is reduced, thus it gives the spirit a more robust “meaty” flavour component due to the retention of these heavier compounds. It’s taking that base spirit and turning the more potent zingy notes to maximum; the underneath remains identifiably familiar, but with a top-coat of big fresh lime juice.

Please always read the labels, warnings, and directions provided with the product before using or consuming a product. The distillery has seen a number of ownership changes, but was last acquired by Bacadi from Diageo in 1998.

This tropical fruit style is what makes the brimstone and meat flavours work, achieving a balance that gets beautifully complex in older age statements. The distillery's copper worm tubs, used in the condensation process, contribute to the whisky's distinctive profile, imparting a depth and intensity that sets Craigellachie apart. The oil firing leaves the grain with sufficient sulphurous notes to be detectable in the matured spirit.

Bonfire night: aromas of oozing toasted marshmallows, and baked apples studded with cloves, with the tang of sulphury, cordite lingering in the background. For example, I really enjoyed the Bladnoch Vinaya and a Cadenhead’s Warehouse Tasting Ben Nevis 9yo, finished in a Manzanilla sherry cask, has me swooning. From Arran through to Signatory, Edradour, Caol Ila and even Daftmill, this was a place that clearly had the good stuff at the forefront of requirements. An eternal creative tinkerer, whisky was hidden from him until fairly recently, but it lit an inspirational fire.

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