Distilled In: The Village of Craigellachie in Speyside
Average Price (Per Master of Malt): $54.49… But as with Ardbeg, easily found for under $50 and worth locating.
Looks Like: A sunnier side of single malts’ familiar golden tint.
Smells Like: An admirable balance of bourbon-esque, floral vanillas and what the distillery themselves aptly refers to as a “meaty” underbelly.
Tastes Like: Breakfast in a bottle, which is intended as high compliment (as it would be in the beer world for, say, Founders Breakfast Stout). The alcohol greets you first, but before long opens up into something indescribably akin to maple and bacon. Craigellachie would say it’s due to condensing their whisky in a copper that snakes around in a cold-water tank and actually gets narrower as it goes along. But we’ll leave the science to them. All we care about is how the chemistry of their ingredients and process puts a smile on our face, and that grin is wide.
Goes Well With: We don’t actually advise scotch just after sunrise, but as with Aberlour, it’s a great dessert complement that can do well neat or on the rocks. And may we suggest a dozen donuts?
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