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CRAIGELLACHIE 13 years old Christmas Edition 46%

Single Malt Whisky, Scotland / Speyside, 70cl, Ref: 18325A

Created in 1891 and entirely rebuilt in 1965, the Craigellachie distillery produces a single malt which delights master blenders, this special Christmas Edition was aged for 13 years. Wavering between a mature and youthful style, this expression gives malted barley the central role it deserves. And yet beautiful floral, medicinal and fruity notes bring tremendous subtlety, vigour and a certain depth.

Profile: creamy. Malted barley, citrus fruit. Spicy (pepper, cinnamon, ginger), medicinal and herbaceous notes. Candied and fresh fruit (melon, kiwi, apple). White flowers.

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  • Nose : fine, precise, clean. The malted barley, citrus fruit (lemon), marzipan and cut grass create fresh, heady tones. A fine hint of medicine and pepper bring out the original character of the nose which is mature but maintains its adolescent side.
  • Palate : more creamy than the nose suggests, it begins by releasing spices (black pepper, cinnamon, ginger). The mid-palate then unleashes candied fruit and white flowers. There is an invigorating bitterness. It lingers long with malted barley and fresh fruit (melon, kiwi).
  • Overall : long, soft. This time, it is the spices, more specifically the ginger and cinnamon, that remain in our taste bud’s memory. They gradually develop with new fresh fruit (apple, pear), dried fruit (cashew nuts) and heady florals (lavender, lilac). The retronasal olfaction reveals soft malt and roasted notes. The empty glass oscillates between fresh tobacco and malted barley.
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Taken over by John Dewars & Sons (Bacardi) in 1998, Craigellachie has a highly exclusive following and was founded in 1891 by a very interesting character indeed: Peter Mackie. The creator of the international commercial success, the White Horse blend, Peter was one of the five Barons of the whisky industry, one of the famous “Big Five”. His uncle, from whom he would later inherit, was none other than James Logan Mackie, the owner of the Lagavulin distillery on the Isle of Islay.

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