SMWS 44.70 “Janus-faced” (Craigellachie 11) Review

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.

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