CRAIGELLACHIE 49 YO 1970 Archive G&M 48.60%


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Located in the village of the same name, the Craigellachie distillery was founded in 1890. In 1964, it doubled its production capacity, moving from two to four stills. In our 2017 Creation Catalogue, we wrote that the Craigellachie 1970 cask no. 1607 was timeless, enchanting, stately and solidly anchored in the region of its birth, Speyside. Just as captivating, distinguished, complex and moving, the only fault of this sister version, also from the warehouses of the famous independent bottlers Gordon & MacPhail, is its rarity. But, given it has spent 50 years in cask, can we really complain?

Profile: the complex first nose reveals an exceptional fruity rancio. Exotic (mango), apricoty, honeyed (lime blossom), chocolate, oriental (rose petal) and floral (honeysuckle), the nose is extremely complex. The well-balanced attack is then chocolatey, fruity (orange), spicy (cardamom) and liquorice. On the mid-palate, beeswax, cedar and cypress flavours underscore the quality of a noble wood. Finding a second wind, the start of the finish is tangy (passion fruit), herbaceous (sage) and roasted (mocha). The end of the palate reveals saffron, date and wild peach. The refreshing retro-nasal olfaction is characterized by notes of milky coffee.

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SKU: 58278 Categories: , , Brand: Volume: 70clReference: 58278


Appearance : topaz with copper hues.

Nose : elegant, complex. The exceptional first nose reveals a fruity rancio expressed with rare nobility. We find exotic (pineapple, mango, guava), apricot, honeyed (lime blossom, heather), chocolate, oriental (rose petal, Turkish delight, pistachio cake), empyreumatic (beeswax, walnut husk), tertiary (chestnut, sweet chestnut) and floral (lime blossom, honeysuckle, lily) aromas of great distinction. We could spend hours wondering at the aromatic palette, as it ceaselessly reveals new facets of its personality. Outstanding.

Palate : rich, well-balanced. With marvellous finesse, the attack is chocolatey, fruity (orange, mango), nobly spicy (cardamom, cinnamon, ginger) and liquorice (stick). On the mid-palate, extremely complex woody flavours (cedar, beeswax, cypress, eucalyptus) bring lots of length to the flavour palette. On the way, it reveals flavours of very ripe banana, salted butter caramel, quince jelly, roasted apple and antique furniture. Full of freshness, with its notes of hummus, damp soil and porcini mushroom, it takes us across the forest floor.

Overall : long, invigorating. Finding a second wind, the start of the finish is tangy (passion fruit, lime, orange zest), beautifully spicy (cinnamon, nutmeg), herbaceous (sage, verbena) and roasted (coffee, mocha). The end of the palate is, rather wonderfully, like beginning the tasting again. Saffron arrives to bring further nobility to the flavour palette’s spicy register, and wild peach, ripe apricot, date and fig enrich the intensely fruity character. The refreshing retro-nasal olfaction is characterized by notes of milky coffee and cardamom tea. The empty glass is heady (iris, lavender), vanilla, praline and slightly spicy (nutmeg, black pepper).

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Weight 1.4 kg
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