LITTLEMILL 26 YEAR OLD 1988 OLD & RARE EXCLUSIVE at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News




Littlemill 26 Year Old 1988 vintage Lowland single malt Scotch whisky. Single cask refill sherry hogshead distilled November 1988 and bottled March 2015 by Hunter Laing Co. for the Old Rare Platinum Selection. Selected and bottled Exclusively for The Whisky Barrel. Just 150 numbered bottles from this lost distillery. Nose: A light gold whisky with a nose of vanilla custard powder giving way to apples, pears and slightly leafy notes of butterscotch coming through late. Taste: On the palate it has a creamy mouthfeel with butter shortbread at the start, followed by apple skins and a cinnamon note. Finish: The finish is long, dry and slightly fruity, with a hint of oak.

Littlemill Distillery was established in 1772 to the west of Bowling by the north shore of the River Clyde and on the main road into Glasgow. Subsequent modifications during the 1930s resulted in a number of novel features including double ventilation towers which sat over a single drying kiln and pot stills with rectifiers rather than the traditional swan necks. The combination of pot and column stills in Littlemill Distillery was designed to produce malt whiskey which was expected to mature quickly. When production ceased in 1992 Littlemill Distillery was the oldest working malt whiskey distillery in Scotland. Closed in 194 and demolished in 2006 and now Littlemill is a lost Scottish distillery although the shell of the manager’s house remains.

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SCOTLAND: Isle of Raasay Distillery’s Burns and Whisky Weekend package – £339 – Scotch Whisky News


SCOTLAND: Isle of Raasay Distillery’s Burns and Whisky Weekend package – £339

The Isle of Raasay Distillery is hosting a Burns and Whisky Weekend a stone’s throw away from where the poet, Sorley Maclean, was born.

The offering includes a two-night stay for two including all meals, checking in Friday 25th January and checking out Sunday 27th January 2019. Guests will dine at the distillery on Friday evening and enjoy a hearty lunch on Saturday before an exclusive whisky tasting and warehouse tour with the distillery’s co-founder, Alasdair Day.

The weekend will finish in style with a traditional Burns supper on the Saturday evening, featuring traditional Scottish dishes, from traditional haggis to rhubarb cranachan with homemade shortbread and whisky fudge.

Rooms will be allocated on a first come first served basis, early bookings are advised to secure an idyllic Cuillin view. Bookings can be made here or  email: or by calling: +44 (0) 1478 470178.


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Tamdhu 10 Years // Tamdhu Batch Strength

Tamdhu with a sherry influence but some 40 years apart…

First there is the Tamdhu 10 Year Old bottled in the 1970s (one of the first single malt bottlings after the 8 Years), then we have the latest Tamdhu Batch Strength released a couple of months ago.



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(40%, OB late 1970s, 75 cl)

Nose: very fresh, with sherry notes (marmalade, raisins, cooked fruits), acacia honey or mead, malty and some floral / minty notes. Soft but very pleasant. Goes on with very light heathery peat and whiffs of old books. Mouth: sweet and creamy, a tad caramelly at first (fudge), then more towards herbal notes with a little smoke. A little grainy / grassy edge in the background. Cooked fruits again, maybe just a little OBE too (silver polish). Finish: quite long, a bit more oak now and the same toffee / fruity sweetness.

Not a well-known classic perhaps, but still a very nice old-style dram. Elegant, fresh (even after so many years in the bottle) and with a lovely whiff of smoke.

Score: 87/100




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(58,3%, OB 2018, Batch #003)

Nose: decomposing leafs and wet earth, mixed with chocolate notes and fudge. Hints of mocha en some pepper. Quite some savoury touches and brown bread. Caramel and overripe plums. Lacking a bit of fresh, fruity notes in my opinion. Mouth: quite heavy, with dark hints of burnt sugar with plenty of spices (cinnamon, pepper, clove). Dark bread again, as well as some green oak. Dark chocolate and hints of espresso towards the end. Finish: long, quite hot, on earthy notes, spices (especially cloves) and burnt sugar.

Not bad. Of course the higher strength makes this come across more powerful, intense and flavoursome, but I’d definitely go for the old style if we bring them down to the same strength. Complexity, depth and elegance is worth more to me than 18% more alcohol. Available from The Whisky Exchange among others.

Score: 82/100

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New Arrivals and Back in Stock at K&L California – American Whiskey News


Jos. A. Magnus Co. (12 Year Old) “Joseph Magnus” Barrel #28/69 KL Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Indiana Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml)

$79.99 SKU #1390448

As the craft whisky boom continues to spread across the country, we’re seeing more and more distillers begin to offer up single casks. Often that means we’re looking at something young or innovative. Maybe some kind of barrel finishes or unusual mash bills designed to enhance the young whiskey prowess. Sometimes this works, other times it just doesn’t. But a few smart distillers got in early enough to have secured some decent stocks of older whiskey from larger distillers. The three obvious culprits are Willett, High West and Smooth Ambler. Each have made a name blending and bottling stocks from other distillers while their own production matures. Another outfit has come online recently that’s becoming a darling of the drinking cognoscenti. The Joseph Magnus Distillery has been making waves recently with their hard-to-get blends of bourbons from multiple distilleries, usually finished in various wine casks. When they offered to sell us a single cask, I was concerned as it’s difficult to gauge how the wine finishes are going to turn out. But, I had it all wrong. These guys were willing to bottle single casks of old whiskey from MGP at full strength without any bells or whistles. We’ve seen these very whiskies explode on the after-market and I was downright shocked that they’d be ready to part with the old stock. Easily one of the most exciting new offerings of the year and a throwback to a time when well-aged bourbon was taken for granted. Only 120 bottles in this old cask.

Wathen’s Barrel Proof “Barrell #69 San Francisco” KL Exclusive Cask Strength Single Barrel Straight Kentucky Bourbon (750ml)

$99.99 SKU #1394930

The exceptional Wathen’s Barrel Proof is finally back, this time in a slightly stronger form. The 2017 offering was drawn from a small batch of just 25 barrels that had been filled at lower than normal proof. This years is filled at the Wathen’s traditional entry proof of 117 proof and was offered to just a handful of accounts across the country. We’re great fans and friends with the wonderful Medley family and we’re grateful to receive a barrel in each of the NorCal and SoCal markets. Last year’s barrels sold out instantly and the flavor profile on those was pretty darn wacky. The lower entry proof offers a completely different maturation experience. These two casks will provide a much more classic bourbon experience than last year’s offering, but still exhibits some very unique and exceptionally complexity. The Medley’s have one of the most interesting and unusual whisky productions in Kentucky. They’re contractually obligated to obfuscate the source of this bourbon, but since Charles takes over completely for their distillation period it doesn’t matter as much as most non-distiller producers. He’s had decades of experience distilling and has very strong opinions about what makes great bourbon. If you’ve ever tried any of the old National Distillers stuff out of Owensboro, these Barrel Proofs are the closest modern parallel. We feel truly honored to be selected as one of the very few stores in the country who will be selling these wonderful casks.

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The Park Avenue Liquor Shop New Year ~ New Goodies – Whisky News

AA Park Ave

Hello 2019!
Here’s your first look at our newest arrivals.

2019 has just begun but exciting
new bottles are already here!

We thought we’d kick-off 2019 by letting you know about some new/rare/limited edition items we’ve just received. Many of these are so new they haven’t reached our website. So if you’re interested in any of them – please call us to secure your purchase. This is your chance to get what you want in case you didn’t…get what you want.

We hope everyone had a great New Year’s Eve and wish you all great health and happiness in 2019.

Jonathan, Eric Marlon
The Park Avenue Liquor Shop
270 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016


Macallan: Year of the Dog.

Limted Edition 2pk of 12yr Double cask 

Macallan’s Chinese New Year Limited Edition Gift Box contains not one, but two identical, commemorative labeled, and attractively packaged 750ml bottles of  Macallan Double Cask 12 Year Old whisky. Only 2,500 sets have been made available in the United States. The concept is that one bottle is meant to be enjoyed on a special occasion with friends and/or family, while the other bottle can be kept as a potential collectible. Or not.

PRICE: $160/per set. Contact the store for availability.


Glendalough 13 Year Old Irish Whiskey 

“The first and only Irish whiskey to have been finished in Japanese mizunara oak casks. First aged in bourbon barrels, this single malt was then transferred to virgin mizunara barrels created by hand at Japan’s only independent cooperage. These lightly charred barrels have added vanilla, sandalwood and a touch of coconut to the whisky, while also increasing smoothness and depth of flavor. A fascinating 13 year old Irish single malt. Stunning stuff from the Glendalough.

Nose: Vanilla ice cream dotted with toffee chunks, orange oil, a touch of pine resin, maybe even a waft of toasted almond.

Palate: Definitely quite nutty – pecan, almond again and chocolate-coated Brazil nuts. Subtly floral at points.

Finish: Notes of coffee bean and honey go on and on.”

PRICE: $110/btl. Contact the store for availability.


Mortlach 12 Year Old ~”The Wee Witchie”

The Beast of Dufftown is back with an entry point 12yr that combines both ex-bourbon and ex-sherry-matured whisky. The balance of casks brings the distillery’s traditionally weighty, dried fruit character against fresh fruit and vanilla notes. The result is a success, combining the best of both of these worlds while still showing off the meaty Mortlach spirit.

PRICE: $66/btl ~ Just arrived. Contact the store for availability.


Aberlour: CASG ANNAMH 

The first release in Aberlour’s Casg Annamh series ~ This expression (named after the Gaelic for “rare cask”) is matured in a trio of cask types, including European oak sherry casks and two sorts of American oak cask. This is a bold, flavorful and exceptionally balanced whisky full of fresh fruit, sherried nuttiness and woody spice.


Milky coffee, flame raisins and plenty of honeyed malt.


Golden Grahams, nectarines, cinnamon and strawberry jam.


Cooking spices, sugary biscuits and red apples.

PRICE: $75/btl. Contact the store for availability.

Once again, please contact the store if you are interested in any of these bottles as all are in limited supply. We are not responsible for any typographical errors or the fact that the NY Giants will most likely NOT draft a QB this year. Please contact the store with any questions.

The Park Avenue Liquor Shop | 212-685-2442 | 212-689-6247 |

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Off-the-Beaten-Path Single Malt Exclusives—Auchroisk and Balmenach at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News


Special Single Malt Finds You Won’t Want to Miss

While Auchroisk and Balmenach might not be the most familiar names in Scotch, that certainly doesn’t mean that they aren’t producing world-class bottlings. Quite to the contrary, they are quietly producing some of the most compelling bottlings in the market. When we originally tasted this pair in Scotland, we were immediately struck by how perfectly composed they were. These are real sleepers that more than deserve their place in the spotlight. The Auchroisk is the perfect pick for those who like their single malts heavy and rich. A Speysider through and through, it is both tropical and spicy with impeccable balance. It’s little wonder this distillery has earned such a devoted cult following. The Balmenach is every bit as compelling, serving up a heady, complex, and wild ride. Malty and rich, but not without its subtle moments, it is sure to become an instant favorite for many. Both are unbelievable values, selling for a fraction of what you’d expect given their pedigree. If you are looking to expand your whisky-drinking horizons, these are well worth the visit.


2006 Balmenach 11 Year Old “Old Particular” KL Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($54.99)

The Balmenach Distillery is one of Speyside’s oldest. Originally licensed to James McGregor in 1824, it was likely running illicitly for years before. The distillery sits hidden behind Lethendry hill right on the banks of the river Spey outside the town of Cromdale. The distillery has changed hands many times over the last two centuries and was mothballed on occasion as well. In 1997, the distillery was sold to its current owners, Inver House, which also sells the Balblair, Old Pultney, Knockdhu, and Speyburn whiskies. All of those brands have taken center stage over the last decade or so, while the distillery in Cromdale remains more or less unknown to the outside world. Save for a few old Flora Fauna official bottlings, the Balmenach name is not really marketed, and the distillery produces primarily for blending. While the distillery isn’t particularly architectural, the stark white buildings on the green landscape can be quite beautiful. Equally beautiful is the fine spirit coming out of the six pot stills on site. The distillery continues to use worm tubs to condense their spirit, while the relatively tall thin necks of the still provide elegance to the spirit. The resulting whisky is full of rich maltiness and peppery spice. If you love the malt-driven Speyside style then this Balmenach is a must try at this price. Whisky snobs will probably snort at the unknown here, but the adventurous will be roundly rewarded for trying something new. At this price, you can afford to risk it!

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: December 13, 2018

This gnarly little Balmenach is the first from the distillery we’ve ever bottled. The odd, little-hidden distillery is the unsung hero the year—no one seems to be familiar with it, but everyone who tries it understands why we bought it. After the initial funky whiffs blow off, the whisky opens to an inviting array of malty flavors, grainy and fresh, it takes a drop of water to tease the exceptional nuance of this awesome cask. With water, it delivers marmalade on warm biscuits, freshly picked pears, and then, leaves with digestive cookies and tea. Like a baby’s bum, it is really smooth and soft.

Jeffrey Jones | KL Staff Member | Review Date: December 10, 2018

This is from a distillery that we don’t get to see often as a single-malt bottling. In many ways, it is a very pretty whiskey. The nose is really nice with sweet honey and spice aromas. In the mouth, the sweetness continues but is balanced out with a pleasantly dry finish. With water, it opens up and becomes more complex with honey nuances and a dry finish.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: December 01, 2018

Both upon first tasting this in Scotland, and again once the cask arrived, the very first thing to pop into my head when nosing the glass is sake. It’s a bit unusual for a whisky to remind me of one of Japan’s other great exports, but there is a magical umami savor in the nose of this whisky, coupled with a delicate fruitiness that I can’t shake as reminiscent of one of the finest Junmai sakes I’ve ever tasted. Moving into the more traditional realm of baked fruit pies and coarse brown sugar in the raw, this whisky also has a gentle and sweet side to it. Baking spices on the back end of the palate coupled with a surprisingly lengthy and dry finish, make this 11 year old from an obscure distillery a secret winner in our extensive lineup of new casks. It is infinitely more complex than you’d expect such a young whisky to be.


1996 Auchroisk 21 Year Old “Hepburn’s Choice” KL Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($89.99)

Let’s get the hardest part out of the way – It’s pronounced “Ah-thrusk.” This non-peated nutty and spicy malt is the result of hot and fast whisky making. A quick mash of the malt, a short fermentation period, and a rapid boil in the wash still leave this whisky heavy and rich. It is a style that makes it a cult favorite for drinkers and blender’s alike. Located just south of the Burn of Mulben and east of the River Spey, Auchroisk was originally built to supply JB with malt for their famous blend. There have been distillery bottlings since 1986, but it is more common to see this gem of a distillery bottled as single casks from independent bottlers. Happily, we work with the best independent bottlers to find the best casks, and this one really shines. The roasted character from the hot production has mellowed over 21 years into a rich and complex blend of honeyed granola and roasted chestnuts. Perfect for a cold winter’s night by the fire.

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: December 13, 2018

Part of the problem with bringing in forty casks at once is that several of our bottlings fall under the radar. In general, were ok with that because once people make it around to tasting the sleepers they begin to realize the incredible diversity of the whiskies that we have to offer. Auchroisk is a good name that almost no one knows. We powered through the last of the limited release this year, which the distillery couldn’t sell at the MSRP of $400, but our customers demolished at $250. Now, we’re offering a similarly aged product from this excellent distillery for only $90, and no one seems to have noticed. Their loss is your gain! This magnificent example of one of the quintessential Speyside flavor profiles is firing on all cylinders. The big nose of cake frosting and oak spice reminds me very much of the 25 year old, but with more purity. The palate is pointed and peppery, until you add the requisite dash of water. Then the nose pops with an opulent mineral quality, something like a northern Rhône white (but not like floral Viognier). The palate is now absolutely overflowing with flavor. Citrus peel, candied apples, malted cocoa, tropical fruit salad—it’s an absolute stunner. When people finally get around to this little whisky, they’ll be kicking themselves they didn’t notice it sooner. And this PRICE, I mean COME ON!

Joe Manekin | KL Staff Member | Review Date: December 05, 2018

This is an example of a cask-strength whisky that is surprisingly supple, balanced, rich and showy— just a complete tasting single malt before any water is added. In fact, I don’t think you need to play around with water on this one, it simply tastes great and gives so much right out of the gate. Soft and with a hint tropical notes, it also offers suggestions of Manila mango on the nose. This is an easy-to-drink, delicious single malt for under $90.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: December 01, 2018

Of the many casks we brought in this year in the sub-$100 range, I think this is my favorite of the no-peat variety. (And not just because it’s the one currently in my glass.) The weight and texture of this malt is gorgeous. It’s perfect without water, being full and nutty. Dominated by golden cereal grain and toasted nuts. The color says bourbon barrel, but the inherent character of the malt makes it feel like it’s seen a short finish in a sherry butt. There is a great spice cake and fresh Dutch crunch roll/brioche note that I almost always associate with sherried whisky. The finish is super clean and lengthy. For me, this is pure enjoyment in a bottle.

Jeffrey Jones | KL Staff Member | Review Date: December 01, 2018

Another hidden treasure from the world of single malts. The nose has honey and wax aromas, but comes across clean and fresh. In the mouth, the entry is sweet with pure and delicate flavors. With water, the nose really opens up with floral notes coming up and, in the mouth, dry flavors balance out the flavor profile. There are no smoke aromas or flavors. A fantastic bargain for single malt lovers.


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Silver Hammered Quaichs from Edinburgh Silver – Whisky News


At Edinburgh Silver we like to provide our customers with quality items. We like to provide people with something individual and unique so we decided on a quest. Originally it wasn’t designed as a quest but it soon turned into one.

We wanted to create our very own designed Silver Hammered Quaich. As we have commissioned many silver items for our online store before it should not be too difficult.  Or so we thought as we started the journey that nearly took 3 years from conception.

The Search For The Hammerman

All we needed was a skilled hammerman to help us shape our newly designed Silver Quaich. A man with the skills of the old arts and crafts, with the ability to hand hammer silver.

After a year of just looking for the right man we were about to give up and then we were given a name. However not all plain sailing as he was a retired hammerman. It was still worth talking to George Trainer of Sheffield.

The Next Generation

As luck and traditions go this was a family that passed down their skills through the generations. The art of hammering was still alive. It wasn’t George’s son who was now doing the work. No it was his grandson, perfect traditional skills in a modern world.

We decided that we would have to brave it and cross the border into England. Peter lived and worked in Sheffield so it was a long journey just to speak with him face to face. As we said truly a quest filled with desire to source and produce the best we could.

The Meeting Of Designers and Hammerman

We met Peter at his studio and he enthusiastically showed us some of his work. He even demonstrated his hammering skills first hand. We knew there and then that the search was now over .

Was it the end of the quest? Well, we were able to agree there and then a long term deal to be able to produce the new Quaich. We got back in the car pleased that we were finally going to produce our exclusive silver Quaich. The Scottish border was in site, everything is going to be ok.

Developing Quality

So everything is now in place, the design, the hammerman and we had already decided that it was going to be plated with 25 microns of silver.

It wasn’t quite that simple. It took over 18 months development to find an acceptable way to include hand hammering in our manufacturing process. Obviously after the lengthy search to get the right man we wanted everything perfect. Exactly as our customers who demand perfection.

The Finished Product

We think our beautiful hammered gifts would not be out of place in a posh London shop in the year 1903, and that is exactly what we hoped to accomplish. Not bad for a wee business in Scotland.

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Bowmore Springtide

After a travel retail edition in 2014 (white label) this is the wider 2016 release that you can also find in regular stores. Bowmore Springtide is matured predominantly in first-fill Oloroso casks, with some second-fill added. Altough I must add this is based on the white label, this one simply says ‘Finest Oak Casks’.

I’ve had this one in a line-up in a sherried whisky tasting once, where it was very well received.



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(54,9%, OB +/- 2016, 4000 btl.)

Nose: medium sherry, with nice hickory smoke, leather and red berries. Slightly modern with its fresh oak shavings and pencil notes, but but the typical early-2000s fruits are also present (mango mostly). Cinnamon, a little vanilla and cocoa powder. Light maritime notes as well. Mouth: again, very nice flashes of tropical fruits (mango, orange liqueur), mixed with toffee, figs and raisins. Campfire on a beach, as well as crushed peppercorns, a little camphor and ginger. Blackcurrants. Briney notes towards the end. Finish: long, on dried fruits, salted walnuts, spicy oak and smoke.

Nice fruity notes, mellow smoke and a good dose of active wood. It may lack a bit of richness but it’s still a good Bowmore. A little expensive though. Some bottles left, check Master of Malt for instance.

Score: 87/100

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Caperdonich 1995 (SV 30th Anniversary)

I will review a couple of Signatory Vintage bottlings, released for their 30th anniversary a couple of months ago. First up is this Caperdonich 1995 from a refill sherry hogshead. The colour doesn’t indicate an avalanche of sherry.

Sister cask #95051 (same bottling date) was released for the 10th anniversary of The Nectar in 2016.



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Nose: starts a bit sharp and piquant, on sweet mustard with balsamic touches. Time-out. After fifteen minutes: apple juice, lemons, peonies and a hint of tobacco. Also typical (nice) Haribo bears and some cinnamon. Mouth: oily texture, with fruity notes (oranges, sweet lemons, pears) and spicy notes (white pepper, cloves). Quite nervous. Sweet grapefruit and light grassy, zesty notes. Mildly drying. Finish: not too long, on apples, ginger and grassy / spicy notes.

This one needs a lot of time and even then the zesty sharpness never goes away and masks the fruitiness a little. A closed distillery but this is far from the mythical 1970s distillates. Available from The Whisky Exchange or The Whisky Barrel.

Score: 86/100

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Sherry Bomb Stay Very Calm—Craigellachie 22 Year Old at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News


A Sublime Craigellachie You Don’t Want to Miss

1995 Craigellachie 22 Year Old “Old Particular” KL Exclusive Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($119.99)
“I pray every year for more casks just like this one, but they’re not easy to find. Profit while you can.”
—David Othenin-Girard, KL SoCal Spirits Buyer

For those who crave rich and unctuous sherry-matured malts in the style of Macallan, Glenfarclas, and Glendronach, but for a fraction of the price, Craigellachie is the perfect pick. After their prized 31-year edition earned the title of “Best Single Malt in the World” from Whisky Magazine back in 2017, interest in the once little-known Speyside distillery exploded. While prices have crept up modestly since this high honor was bestowed, Craigellachie remains one of the greatest values in Scotch. Featured here is their stunning 22 Year Old “Old Particular” bottling—a Scotch that every bit lives up to the sterling reputation of this fine distillery. Multi-dimensional, engaging, and supremely satisfying, this 22 Year Old is as delicious as it is compelling. There is quite simply not another Scotch on the market that offers so much for such a modest price. A mere 243 bottles were made, so there isn’t a lot to go around, and based on how quickly last year’s 21 Year Old version sold, this Craigellachie won’t be around for long.

1995 Craigellachie 22 Year Old “Old Particular” KL Exclusive Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($119.99)

We’ve been absolutely obsessed with Craigellachie this season. Few distillers offer as much value as this understated and underappreciated distillery. Situated just across the River Spey from the region’s most famous sherried single malt, Craigellachie has been dutifully chugging away without much fanfare for more than a century. If you pull off the A95 on the way to Dufftown, just moments before the turn off for the Highlander Inn, you’ll pass right by the big signs for John Dewar Sons. The slightly modern stillhouse is deceiving, as Craigellachie is one of the Speyside’s most old-school malts in terms of flavor. The bold complex spirit is particularly well suited for a few decades-long journey in a quality sherry butt. The combination gives the savory spirit the perfect frame, allowing the alluring flavors that complement each other perfectly. This might be the most complex whisky in the shop in any category or price range. Expect a dense bouquet of old growth pine forests, leather bound library books, all situated around some deep complex nearly indescribable minerality. Waxy bold spiced fruit, warm dates and endless notes of mint and chocolate contrast the very savory nose. Undeniably one of the malts of the season and certain to be many aficionados’ favorite of the year. Gift this confidentially to even the most jaded or expert drinker and you can be certain that they’ll be enamored by its distinctive character, a style that’s nearly extinct in Scotland today.

David Othenin-Girard | KL Staff Member | Review Date: December 13, 2018

This one is just too obvious. It’s too dark, rich, and packed full of powerful sherry to warrant me hyping it up here. You know the drill. Insane price? Check. Unprecedented quality? Check. Nothing on the market like it at this price point ANYWHERE? Check and check. It’s so true it hurts. Craigellachie and sherry is a match made in heaven. Expect top-of-the-line quality here; only those specifically averse to sherry will turn their nose up. Big nutty, rich rancio, sweet freshly tanned hide, roasted coffee beans, and fudge all balanced by the intense minty spirit of Craigellachie. The competition would have no qualms about asking twice the price considering the quality and age, but that’s just not how we roll. I pray every year for more casks just like this one, but they’re not easy to find. Profit while you can.

Andrew Whiteley | KL Staff Member | Review Date: December 01, 2018

A wondrous malt. With time, the young and meaty quality of Craigellachie turns to richness and with the removal of this cloak of youth so too comes an incredibly fruity array of flavors. While the power of young Craigellachie is decidedly appealing in its own right, the more mature spirit is the adoration of whisky fans all over the world for easy richness. This 22 year old is a perfect example. From a refilled sherry butt the first thing that will strike you is just how dark this whisky is. The market square in Marrakesh comes to mind; laden with desert fruits, each stall a colorful, scent-filled, tasteful example of the hidden bounty to be found in a seemingly barren landscape if you have the patience to look for it. Dried dates and saddle leather mingle with nuts and coffee. A little water tames the darker nature in spirit and a more familiar array of fruits and florals appear. Jasmine and peaches linger on the finish in a rich and spiced chocolate sauce. At a mere 120 bucks, this has a serious claim to best value in the current lot of malts. Just compare it to the 23 year distillery bottling at $250!

Jeffrey Jones | KL Staff Member | Review Date: December 10, 2018

This single malt bottling is a real value. Other single malts that offer this style of whiskey can easily cost much more. It is full bodied and rich with juicy and deep flavors. There is an influence from the sherry barrel aging but it does not dominate and helps give flavor and balance to this offering. There is a nice long finish and it opens up with a splash of water.

Joe Manekin | KL Staff Member | Review Date: December 05, 2018

Dried fruit aromas combine with gently roasted nuts, leading to a similarly classy Oloroso sherry-influenced profile on the palate. Subtle medicinal hints add to the authenticity of this elegant, sherry butt-aged single malt. Water brings out a touch more brine, and does not detract from the spirit, but certainly is not essential. Very good stuff.

Neal Fischer | KL Staff Member | Review Date: November 30, 2018

Wow. The juice in this bottle is so deep and dark that you do a double take at the label to make sure that yes, indeed, there is no color added to this Scotch. You can tell just by looking at it how much impact the sherry barrel is having on the resulting whisky. And yeah, that sherry influence fully comes through on the nose. Very dark fruits, candied orange, brandy cherries, and sultanas combine with notes of hazelnut, almonds, and toasted walnut. The palate keeps those fruit notes and makes them darker with blackberry, currant, and plum all sitting in molasses. As the flavors develop there’s dark chocolate, tobacco, charred oak, and a sudden powerful spice boom at the end. Scrumptious!


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