This is an 11 year Craigellachie from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society that was matured in what I presume to be an ex-bourbon cask and bottled at 56.8% ABV.
Nose: Heavy banana taffy with a salty, smoked oak. Fresh cucumber slices with an acidic dressing on top.
Palate: Still banana taffy, but a little less sweet here. Rotten oak, damp dried mushrooms, sour malt with dark chocolate.
Finish: Turns relatively acidic with the oak taking on a younger profile. Fairly dry and short overall.
Rating: 84/100 – This was my first Craigellachie, and overall I thought it was a good dram. The nose was definitely the star for me, but fairly impressive throughout for such a young dram.
Value for the money: This was included in my SMWS membership kit, but I’m guessing a full bottle would retail around $115 or so based on their typical pricing. I would pass at that price however, but I’m glad to have tried this one.