With every man and his dog realising in the last few years that whisky is possibly the most delicious thing ever, it’s made it harder and harder to find top quality rarities in the sea of scotches on the market, and yet also thinned the available offerings, with award winning drams skyrocketing in value to generally unattainable prices.
In the case of the Craigellachie 23 year old, it’s probably no help for you that they took out first place at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition last year, but here’s a quick spiel to get you salivating anyway. The little-known Speyside distillery, as anybody who’s sampled their liquid knows, is famous for its rich, meaty flavours which stem from their use of wormtubs (snaking copper condensers) in the distillation process.
The resulting flavour is unique, with a delicious fruity, herbal spiciness on the finish and a distinctive yet pleasant sulphuric quality. As far as searching high and low for one of Scotland’s more interesting exports goes, you won’t have to look much farther than through the bottom of a glass of this dram to find yourself satisfied.
It’s just landed down under for $750 AUD at Dan Murphy’s, or for a fraction less you can give it a go at a select few whisky bars around the country. Cheers up yer kilt.