After the rather disappointing Craigellachie 13 Year Old, I now have a bottle of their 17 Year Old in front of me. This also matured on American, albeit 4 more years. Hopefully this has resulted in a more interesting whisky. The ABV is the same.
Aha! That’s more like it. Fresh notes of gooseberries, green grapes, pineapple and juicy pears. Hint of banana and peach. Very summery. Some spices like liquorice, vanilla and some cinnamon. The oak rears its head, but in the background only. Nice nose!
It’s all good on the palate. Summer fruit notes (pineapple and apples, but mostly citrus!) with a good spiciness in the guise of ginger, cinnamon and a hint of nutmeg. Pineapple shines through, sprinkled with honey and a truckload of vanilla. It would not surprise me if a few virgin oak casks were used. I also get some nuttiness, but cannot quite pinpoint which ones. A very summery dram indeed.
The finish is medium long, fresh and spicy. At the death, I get some lemon zestiness and more nuts. Macadamia? Almonds? Let’s call it a mix of both.
Much better than his younger sibling, but also close to 100 EUR. But I prefer to drink a little of something good than a lot of something not so good.