Craigellachie 1994 Châteauneuf du Pape Finish 70cl 57.4°
The Craigellachie distillery offers a limited edition of a rare quality with this unfiltered Single Cask from a Small Batch. Only 186 collars of this whisky were bottled.
Aged in barrels of Bourbon from 1994 to 2007, Craigellachie 1994 then benefited from a rare and exceptional aging during 9 years in barrel of French red wine Châteauneuf du Pape until October 2016. These long years of maturation allowed the whisky to gently acquire a unique aromatic palette.
Strong whisky embraced by rich wine from the southern Rhône; syrupy pineapple chunks, crushed graps, a slight tang of smoke.
Built in 1891, Craigellachie Distillery sits in the heart of Speyside. To cool down the alcohol vapors after distillation Craigellachie uses traditional worm tubs as only few distilleries still do.
Worm tubs are an old-fashioned condensing system, an intestine-like ring of metal coils submerged in cold water. It is through these coils that the spirit is passed and cooled slowly, resulting in a curiously meatier spirit.
The whisky-making water itself is taken from a spring on the nearby hill of Little Conval and collected in the large Blue Hill dam.
Craigellachie takes its malted barley from a particular oil-fired kiln in Glenesk, which is what lends desirable sulphur to the spirit and adds to its famed heavy character.
Thanks to this heritage, Craigellachie is an ambitious and singular whisky which can be tasted just as you prefer.