SMWS 44.94 Kissing among the gorse

Posted 08 November 2018 / In Craigellachie
The Dramble reviews SMWS 44.94 Kissing among the gorse

Bottle Name: 44.94 Kissing among the gorse

ABV: 60.7%
Distillery: Craigellachie
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Region: Speyside

I always have time for this Speysider – this example was distilled in February 2007 and matured in a refill ex-bourbon barrel. Sweet & spicy profile.

Nose: Immediately floral with honeysuckle, sunflowers and cedarwood. This is supported by a lovely vein of tropical fruits – pineapple and guava – alongside desiccated coconut, barley sugar and lemon zest. Dilution increased the fruitiness even further with tangerines, and Seville oranges as well as introducing a slight steeliness.

Taste: A bold arrival that’s true to its 60%+ ABV. Jolly Rancher sweets, grapefruit, lime (margaritas) and orange zest sit alongside pronounced florals – lavender, cotton and verbena. The mid-back palate delivers both ginger spicing and menthol – becoming increasingly drying as it develops. The addition of water emphasises tannic fruit tea, chocolate and bitter toffee.

Finish: Quite long, with tart lemon and cough syrup medicinalness.

Intriguing Craigellachie that develops in the glass. It’s well worth both resting and playing with dilution with this one. A thinking dram as well as a drinking dram. Just a touch too tannic and drying to reach the upper echelons, but still worth your time.

Score: 86/100


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