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This is my first taste of Craigellachie thanks to @Wierdo for the sample. It makes a feature of using old-fashioned worm tubs and being something of a hark back to older times with the bumpf and packaging.
Nose - Quite sharp and sour with rhubarb and ginger cordial, pears, strong on the barley, a hint of caramels from a Quality Street tin and a little waft of peat smoke (with water).
Taste - Mouthfeel is on the thinner side, quite malty biscuity with some apricot and peach and more rhubarb and ginger.
Finish - Medium to long and drying. Peppery with some more ginger and a hint of peat.
This is with a few drops of water as I found that the nose became much more expressive and it teased out more fruit on the palate and peat on the nose and finish. The mouthfeel was on the thin side to begin with and it didn't help adding water on this front.
Well, not bad at all but not really grabbing me either and definitely benefits from a little water and time in the glass. Not one's typical Speyside you might say and it's certainly got its quirks but I doubt I'll be seeking out a bottle.