The Craigellachie is a very unique single malt and this 17 year old is no exception. This is a very meaty Speysider with heavy notes of toffee and dried fruits.
Nose: Quite floral, but with lemon icing and sugar syrup too. Slight sourness, some orange peel and cinnamon. Good malt character with caramelised apple and pear. French vanilla after a while.
Palate: Very buttery delivery, nice oak char, with some pepper, slight salt, followed by a rush of vanilla, pineapple syrup, with slight mango and peach. Again the caramelised apple. Cinnamon comes through after a while.
Finish: Citrus from the nose returns, lemon cake and orange peel. Quite strong spice. Medium length.
Overall: An excellent whisky, easily a 90/100 dram. Powerful but subtle, with interesting almost tiki notes on the palate.