Craigellachie 33yr Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Craigellachie 33yr Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Item # 39651 750mL
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Tasting Notes

This is a whisky bottled at its absolute peak--a perfect maturation and an example of the inimitable nature of truly great old Scotch. Not over-oaked in the least, the whisky is able to joyfully show-off all of its secondary and tertiary maturity. Most impressively there is still grain at the heart here as well as plenty of distillery character. The palate is satin, pure luxury (a term we do not use freely), like a massage for your taste buds, The flavors are scintillating with a percolating harmony that hits on stewed fruits, smoke, spice and espresso beans. The finish crescendos and lasts long after your final sip and it's here across the mid-palate that the hallmarks of this distillery reveal themselves again with tropical and notes of lychee, grilled pineapple, tinned peaches, and candied ginger. Almost miraculously, these flavors keep going eventually resolving into white tea, chess pie, and salted banana taffy. Absolutely remarkable.

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Astor's Glossary of Terms


As a synonym for Scottish, some people object to the term “Scotch” – but as far as their whisky goes, the Scottish people are required by law to classify the spirit as “Scotch whisky.”


Distillation was brought to Scotland from Ireland by missionary monks in the 6th century. In 1644, the first taxes were imposed on Scottish distillers by England, with the result that most of the nation’s whisky was soon distilled illicitly. With the Parliament’s passing of the “Excise Act” in 1824, licensing fees for distilleries were much cheaper. Distilleries started to take out...

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