Finally, we have the World’s Best Single Malt Scotch Whisky; The Craigellachie 31 Year Old travel retail exclusive.
I’m feeling insanely fortunate just to be able to try this whisky; I almost bought a bottle last year whilst travelling through duty free from Heathrow T5 to Italy, but alas I got distracted and neglected to buy the thing so now I’m finally tucking in to its brilliance.
Oh hi. The nose is bonkers; meatier than the 23, a carnivore’s dream, with alluring sulphur notes, exotic notes of pineapple juices, wafts of vanilla and dreamy buttermilk with tonnes of spices rounded with a multi-layered herbaceous character I could not help but spend a lot of time with.
Once sipped, those spices – namely white pepper, cinnamon and hints of cayenne pepper – come alive, as does the beauty and thickness of the Craigellachie 31 Year Old’s character; soft, yet bold, alive, yet smooth, meaty, yet vegetarian (obviously), there is a lovely flavour duality at play here. And the elongated finish is just stunning.
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