This bottle has been slow-moving since it was released in the January SMWS outturn and I think it's because SMWS's tasting notes point out that this cask is very unusual and off-profile for Craigellachie. Their notes were as follows: "We encountered initially a rather perfumed nose. All on new leather hardbag, potpourri, white balsamic vinegar, chopped pistachios, aged white port, powder puff and rice pudding. Unusual but enthralling. Water brought out pineapple cubes, nutmeg, white jellybeans, red liquorice and freshly laundered linens. The palate was full of savoury barley broth, cantaloupe melon, lime jelly, camphor, rolling tobacco, menthol cough sweets, baking soda and sweet juniper. With water we found more savoury notes such as chicken noodle soup, ham terrine, dry spiced dates, spicy peanuts and then things like muesli with dark fruits, chalk and sponge cake." As you will see in this review, I think those that have skipped on this release are missing out!

0.4 (Jonquiripe corn)


Stale beer, funnel cake fry oil, struck matches, banquet hall after a rowdy party


Salty Cheerios, charred oak, Heath bars, grapefruit rind, bourbon cask influence shines late


Extremely long finish reminiscent of the best Kentucky hugs finishing with hints of bourbon barrel char

There's incredible balance between sweet and savory notes, and the finish is loooooooong and truly reminiscent of the best kinds of Kentucky hugs that you find in great bourbon. I'd actually say this one edges out the January bottle of the month, "Ginger Squidgy," that I reviewed yesterday. Check out my IG review page and shoot me a follow over at !


79 / 100
0-50 Subpar 51-60 Drinkable 61-70 Decent 71-80 Good 81-90 Great 91-100 Fantastic


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