SMWS 44.129 Muscle Sprouts

Posted 06 August 2020 by Matt / In Craigellachie
The Dramble reviews SMWS 44.129 Muscle Sprouts

Bottle Name: 44.129 Muscle Sprouts

ABV: 55.6%
Distillery: Craigellachie
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Flavour Profile: Spicy & dry
Region: Speyside Age: 15

A 15 year old Speysider in the form of this refill ex-bourbon barrel Craigellachie.

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Nose: Highly expressive with honeysuckle and honeycomb joined by heavily reduced peaches, white bread, high quality custard and sunflowers. Running throughout – sack cloth, a bowl of cornflakes and a scattering of orange peels. The addition of water reveals a slightly more herbal complexion – cut grass, pressed flowers and orange marmalade spread on toast.

Taste: A solid weight with malty cereals and oatcakes joined by lemon verbena, pain aux chocolate and high-quality vanilla pods. Earthiness is expressed in the mid and back palates with wet soils, clays and alluvialness alongside gentle pepperiness, charred cask heads and woollen jumpers. Reduction offers highly typical Speyside-eque notes of honey and ripe bramley apples, yeasty buns and ginger snaps.

Finish: Medium with nicely balanced oakiness, pepper and residue cask char.

A communicative and well-defined Craigellachie that delivers exactly what one would expect from both the distillate and the region. Totally solid, nothing more, nothing less. Expect the expected.

Score: 82/100


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