The Swedish independent bottler Selected Malts has chosen a new single cask, their third. I have previously shared my tasting notes on their Dufftown (read here) and Royal Brackla (read here). This time they have chosen a cask from Craigellachie Distillery in Speyside.
The whisky was distilled 5 December 2007 and bottled 1 May 2018 which makes it 10 YO. It was 9 years and 10 months when it was given a finish of 7 months in a fresh virgin oak cask – a very active one. The outturn was 401 bottles at cask strength 51,3 ABV.
Oaky and dusty on the nose. It is like nosing a cask, actually. I get some glue and washing powder. Some orange zest. Oaky and spicy on the palate. I get black pepper, white pepper, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg and some chili. Nutty. The finish is warm, spicy and sugary(!). Some Coca-Cola, ginger ale and peanut shells.
My score: nose 20 / taste 21 / finish 21 / balance 21 = 83
Image from Selected Malts.