They sure like their PX octaves at WhiskyBroker. This young Craigellachie 2008 was also finished on that small type of sherry cask. I wonder how the malt fared.
Well, there is not much left of the rather delicate character of Craigellachie. The PX cask has completely overpowered this malt on the nose. Lots of earthy notes, broth and sour oak precede a handful of plums. A truckload of notes appears, together with hints of cappuccino, honey and caramel. Some leather and origin chocolate. Interesting, but not really easygoing.
Ouch! Punchy and piquant! Lots of cloves, chili pepper and a hint of candied ginger. Even a drop of tabasco. I gast for breath. Mostly nuts on the palate, with just a tad of dark and sweet fruit. You can almost chew this. With another sip the malt honors the fruit much more and the umami side is thus counter pointed, making it much more pleasant. The third – and final sip – is very good!
The finish is very spicy, warm and sweet, but also pretty herbal and nutty.
Powerhouse that completely surpassed my expectations. An unexpected stunner. Thanks, Anthony!