SMWS 44.63 Zesty, zingy and alive

Craigellachie 15 Years Old 1999 44.63 Zesty, zingy and alive (55.4%, SMWS, Refill Butt, 261 Bottles, 2014)

  • Speyside single malt scotch whisky
  • 55.4% ABV, £49.20
  • Score: 86/100


What they say:

Cask 44.63

Colour: Pale straw

Flavour: Light & delicate

The nose was attractively light, citric and biscuity (vanilla, iced gems, creme Anglaise, cherry cola, stewed apricots); some panellists detected deeper notes of sawdust, pepper and earthy elements. With water it seemed even fresher, softer and sweeter – almost floral now (rainbow drops, Dolly mixtures, lemon Edinburgh rock, honeycomb, pear orchards and grass). The palate core contained a pleasant sweetness, but with a zesty side – lemon Creamola Foam, strawberry compote, sherbet, sweet pear and sweet chilli sauce. Green grass and laundry suggested freshness and the mouth-feel was youthful, zingy and lively; acceptable chilli heat and some citric bitterness dried out the finish.

Drinking tip: A picnic aperitif dram. 15 Years Old, Distilled 24/08/1999 , Refill Butt, 261 bottle outturn.

SMWS-NLtasting 03/02/2015

What I say:

Dram # 3 from SMWS The Vaults New List Steak & Chips Tasting held by Ryan McCafferty on 3rd February 2015. This one was a shade darker than the others, perhaps suggesting a greater age or differing cask type?


Full amber gold (10/20), medium tears with fine trails


Caramel, toffee, heather blossom honey, figs, sweet, vanilla cream, white wine vinegar, dusty, coconut, cereal grist, fruity, pear, melon and peach (peach melba)


Creamy and buttery, butterscotch, fudge, caramac bars, black pepper spice, waxy and oily, mouthcoating, candlewax, pez sweets – dusty/chalky and fruity with hints of sherbet fizz, calcium/bath salts? With water became smoother, creamier and more toffee’d


Relaxed, floral and sweet, caramel oak, honey and Murray Mints (butterscotch toffee and mint/menthol)


A couple of key flavours in here suggested the use of a Sherry cask to me though refill definitely due to the light colour and delicate nature of the flavours (plus lack of some other key ‘Sherry’ signature flavours). The result was a 15 Years Old Craigellachie (SMWS distillery #44) from Speyside

Categories: Craigellachie, Speyside

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