Craigellachie 1997 Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
Another interesting Gordon and MacPhail whisky in the form of this Craigellachie 1997 Connoisseurs Choice bottling.
So craigellachie for me can either be brilliant or awful and generally I really like both but this one doesn't do it for me at all, the sulphur, from the barley dried over an oil burning stove, is too much, and it's followed through into the palate which has those meaty notes I like but still too much of the sulphur too.
If I'm honest I think this needed another couple of years in the cask, or moved to a fresher first fill ex bourbon cask to take off more of that and bring out more of the tropical fruits.
Available to buy from from Master of Malt
Thanks to Gordon & MacPhail for the official sample.
That dirty sulphury note is three straight away, but it's like a rubbery, dirty, meatiness, like smelling an ibirico ham, from the trotters up, then a fresh light tropical fruit salad in syrup, a light spiciness also and some waxed cotton clothing
Dirty oily fruit skins, sulphury engine oil, more ibirico ham and meatiness, syrupy tropical fruits and plums, a hint of bitter pith, then lots of wax and spiced rub,
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