This new launch from Craigellachie — the inaugural launch in its new Cask Assortment collection — finishes a 13 12 months previous whisky in brandy barrels, however eschews Cognac for its neighbor — Armagnac. It’s uncommon to see Armagnac-finished spirits of any sort, so it’s enjoyable to tuck into this new launch, which is initially aged in bourbon barrels earlier than wrapping issues up (time unspecified) in Armagnac casks.
A giant slug of malt and cereal on the nostril cue you in to a traditional Speyside expertise, although a barely rustic fringe of barrel char, camphor, and clear linen take issues in a brand new path — the lattermost notably evoking the floral notes of brandy. First sips showcase the grain clearly, popping with notes of lemon and grapefruit earlier than meandering to notes of nougat and almond. The florals evident within the nostril are muted right here on the palate, although touches of lavender linger into the lasting, calmly perfumed end. Some cinnamon and cocoa powder add an extra layer, however a gritty pinch of barrel char brings you again from the sting in the long run.
B+ / $70 / craigellachie.com